Edward Weston was a pioneering American photographer whose extraordinary approach to composition, lighting and form made him one of the most influential American photographers of the 20th century.
Born on March 24, 1886, in Highland Park, Illinois, he began photography at the age of 16, which became a lifelong interest. During his youth, he spent time taking pictures in Chicago. He eventually submitted his work to Camera and Darkroom, and in 1906 they published a full-page reproduction of his pictures in Spring, Chicago.
Edward Weston decided to enroll at the Illinois Institute of Photography and completed the program in six months. He went to California and started working as an assistant in a portrait studio in Los Angeles. Weston opened his studio in 1909 and worked there for 20 years. In 1932, he helped found the influential Group f/64. They promote a sharply detailed, pure style of photography.
Edward Weston died on January 1, 1958, in Carmel, California. Today, his work is in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Art Institute of Chicago.