Edward Weston is, without
doubt, the most important figure in the history of photography. His
vegetable portraits and nude studies continue to be not only the
hallmark of his work, but the finest studies, within these categories, in the discipline.
In 1936 he made a series of figure studies of Charis Wilson on the
Oceano Sand Dunes near Los Angeles. These six images remain among
the finest ever created. The image presented here is the highlight
of the grouping of six, and competes with Pepper No. 30
as his most honored (and valuable) image.
Before he died in 1958, as
his health was failing, Edward taught his son Cole to print his
negatives. Cole printed a very limited number of his negatives after his
father's death until about 1980 when the the negatives were retired to
the Center of Creative Photography in Tucson. Cole Weston died in
2003. Weston's negatives will never be printed again.
This print is a posthumous
print and was printed by Cole Weston
in the mid-1970s. On the back of the mounted print is stamped "Negative by
Edward Weston. Print by /s/ Cole Weston," signed in pencil
"Cole Weston." It is a contact print of an 8 x 10 inch negative, mounted
on 13 x 15 inch museum board and archivally framed to 13 x 15 inches.
The print is perfect.