My handful of readers already know that Brett Weston sits at the top of my list of admired photographers and influences. A few days ago, I came across this book at the local used book store.
I already own a number of Brett monographs, but this is late work, and well printed as reproductions go.
The Hawaii book is available on the internet; there are even new copies available. This copy is in very good condition and I got it at a steal!
A stunning use of silver gelatin!
Brett could have so easily suffered from the famous-father syndrome. But he quickly found his own way, his own vision. There have been articles written and exhibitions mounted – including the current one at the Amon Carter in Fort Worth, comparing Edward and Brett Weston.
But the revealing show was the one mounted by the Brett Weston Archive in 2008, entitled Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow.
“… looking for lines, shadows, shape and form…”