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Artist Name:

Edward Weston

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1886–1958

Title:

Palma Cuernavaca II

Date:

1925

Medium:

Palladium print

Dimensions:

Image/Sight: 9 3/8 × 6 3/8 inches

Credit Line:

Gift of Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection to mark the retirement of Gudmund Vigtel

Accession Number:

1991.54

Currently Not on View
This photograph of a palm trunk was one of many creative breakthroughs Edward Weston made during an extended sojourn in Mexico from 1923 to 1927. A year earlier he had photographed another palm, showing the crown of leaves, but this photograph reduced his subject more radically to the simplest, most abstract elements. A viewer might easily mistake the subject for a factory smokestack—only the title or close examination reveals its true nature. This photograph marked Weston’s new understanding of how a straight photograph, manipulated only by choices of light and framing, could reveal extraordinary forms and surprises in even the most common subjects.



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