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Gelatin silver print
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation
© 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents
Currently Not on View
This photograph was taken after Weston’s return from Mexico, where he 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 most common subjects. The image was also a product of his recent introduction to Henrietta Shore, who was working on a series of paintings of shells. Framing them at close range against a dark ground, Weston created delicate geometric compositions that are beautifully intriguing, nearly abstract, and exceedingly sensual. His "Shells" series was one of his most popular, and the images were received with much acclaim from his artistic peers and art critics of the time.