Brett Weston: The 1961 Portfolio
November 5, 2004 - January 9, 2005
Brett Weston, the second son of Edward Weston, enjoyed a remarkably close personal and working relationship with his famous father. Introduced to his first view camera at age thirteen, Brett displayed talent and a natural instinct for capturing light. Self-confident and encouraged by his admiring father, young Brett became a devoted photographer and by age 18 was exhibiting internationally. A prolific artist, the younger Weston amassed an impressive body of work. Drawn to details and fragments of imagery in nature, Brett practiced straight photography-using the camera to photograph objects as they appear through the lens, strictly avoiding popular pictorial techniques such as soft focus. While his final imagery often appears abstracted, and is even unrecognizable in some instances, such images always reference the objective world. The clear, often stark tonal contrasts in Brett Weston's photography show the influence of his father's own style, but his skillful attention to the materiality of objects and his recording of the limitless variety of surfaces in the natural world are uniquely his own.