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Weston, Edward. PHOTOGRAPHY: THE "ENJOY YOUR MUSEUM" POCKET GUIDE. Pasadena, CA: Esto Publishing Company, 1934. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 16 pages. Fine.

Rare Edward Weston and photography collectible item. A fine copy of "Photography: The 'Enjoy Your Museum' Pocket Guide/Booklet. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only and as part of the now-legendary "Enjoy Your Museum" Series. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Esto Publishing: Small-size volume format. The booklet is a pocket book, meant as a handy reference guide to its subject. Gray softcovers with black titles on the cover, as issued. Text by Edward Weston. Photographic reproduction of an Edward Weston tree-root study on title page. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Enclosed in protective plastic sheet. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Edward Weston's "Photography". His articulate and persuasive "case" for photography as a serious art form, worthy of comparison with and just as important, distinct from the traditional arts of painting and sculpture. Published in 1934, Weston's pioneering essay remains valid and relevant to this day. "In viewing an exhibition of photographs, one must seek those examples which justify their existence as fine photography by achieving a correlation between meaning and expression, which is free from all irrelevant connotations, all suggestions of other forms of expression" (Edward Weston). The great landscape and portrait photographer painstakingly also makes his case for the difference between art, which everyone can do, and a work of art, which only a select few (such as himself) can. Art is how anyone expresses himself or herself creatively. As such, Weston acknowledges that photography is the most accessible and popular art of our time (which, it is important to note, is even more true in the Age of Instagram, and in ways that Weston could not have anticipated). A work of art is creative expression of high achievement in terms of its virtuosity, seriousness, power, and beauty. The work of art can only be created by a true artist. While attempts have been made throughout the Modern Age to erase the difference between art and a work of art, the distinction stubbornly and durably remains, and Weston was right (in 1934) to make it. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Edward Weston collectors. This title is a Weston collectible. This is one of very few copies of the pocket guide/booklet still available online and despite its age, remains in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: This was an ephemeral production so most copies are gone. There are only two copies available online, one priced at $300, the other at $220. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 1 photographic plate. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . $150.00

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