Brett Weston
Untitled (Northern California Hills and Clouds)
Gelatin silver print
UMMA, Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond 2011/2.153



Brett Weston Landscapes

August 17–December 1, 2013

Brett Weston (1911–1993) is one of the iconic photographers of the 20th century. The son of pioneer photographer, Edward Weston, he received his first camera as a teenager and began photographing in Mexico, where he was traveling with his father. He developed an extremely strong sense of visual composition and created a body of work that does not stand in the shadow of his famous father but asserts its own dynamic aesthetic.

Weston's work consists of highly distilled views from nature; his works capture the grandeur of sweeping landscape vistas while also finding in close-up views the kind of details that connect to abstract painting from the same time. He sees as a painter, but frames his images as a photographer. Equivalents prevail, bringing the viewer to observe that in Weston's work beauty, thoughtful structure, and ravishing details abound in observed moments that wed our physical existence into one universal vision.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Lois Zenkel Photographic Exhibitions Fund and the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan.