Details

Title

Shells

Artist/Maker

Edward Weston (American, 1886–1958)

Date

1927

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

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Credit

Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Accession #

1986.124

On View

Currently not on view

Weston took this photograph after his return from Mexico, where he had experienced a radical artistic discovery: a straight photograph, manipulated only by choices of light and framing, could reveal extraordinary forms and surprises in even the commonest subjects. The image was also a product of Weston's recent introduction to Henrietta Shore, who was working on a series of paintings of shells. Framing the shells at close range against a dark ground, Weston created delicate, geometric compositions that are beautifully intriguing, nearly abstract, and exceedingly sensual. The Shells series was one of his most popular, and the images received much acclaim from art critics and fellow artists.

Image Copyright

© Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

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