Weston, Edward (Photographer); Maddow, Ben (Author) & Weston, Cole (Contributor). EDWARD WESTON HIS LIFE AND PHOTOGRAPHS: THE DEFINITIVE VOLUME OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 1979. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 285 pages. Fine/Fine.

Definitive Edition of the photographer's oeuvre. The single most valuable book on the photographic art of Edward Weston. The 1979 Revised Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The First Edition Thus is now rare. A brilliant production by Wendy Byrne and Peter Bradford: Oversize-volume format in panoramic dimension. The book weighs 10 pounds. Beige-and-brown cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Edward Weston. Essay by Ben Maddow. Afterword by Cole Weston, his son and the executor of his Estate. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in its crispness, warmth, and tonal range. We do NOT make photography books like this any longer in America. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Edward Weston His Life And Photographs: The Definitive Volume of His Photographic Work". Published nearly twenty years after his death (in 1958), the best book (and reference volume) on the one photographer whose work anticipated and defined "photographic seeing". "This is the greatest collection of photographs by Weston ever published. The reproductions most closely resemble in quality and tone his original prints" (Cole Weston). "Weston transformed our vision of reality. He discovered visible images of the generative, elemental forms and forces of the world. The spectator feels that he is seeing not just a symbol for the object, but the thing itself, revealed for the first time, a heightened sense of reality that reveals the essence of all things" (Ben Maddow). "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). Articulated by him in 1932, eighty-five years ago (as of 2017), Weston prophetically described the photograph as "the thing itself". This is, conscious of it or not, for better or for worse, our very own contemporary understanding of reality: The Image IS The Real. An absolute "must-have" title for Edward Weston collectors. This title is a great photography book. This is one of few copies of the 1979 Revised Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the Limited Edition available online command almost $5000. Well, this is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 195 illustrations and plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD WESTON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $200.00

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