CAPTURING IMAGES WITH STRONG SENSE OF DESIGN – Brett Weston: Child genius of American photography

Tendency toward abstraction

Located inside Hancock Park, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is an incredible place to explore the art world. Here you can see from Monet to Tim Burton, or immerse yourself in rare and varied collections, such as the collection of Brett Weston, the genius of American photography

He believed non-photographic artists influenced his work more. Tendency toward abstraction characterized much of his work throughout his nearly seventy-year career. He began taking photographs in 1925, while living in Mexico. He was the second of the four sons of a photographer. Brett Weston was born in Los Angeles into a December day, 1911. He was featured at the international exhibition at Film und Foto in Germany at age 17.

He began photographing the oceanic Californian dunes. His earliest images reflect his intuitive sophisticated sense of abstraction. In 1932, Brett Weston mounted his first one-man retrospective at age 21 at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. He was credited as the first photographer to make negative space the subject of a photograph. Surrounded by revolutionary artists of the day, he began making photographs with his father’s camera.

He was also deeply influenced by music and dance. His photographs are included in the collections of countless museums (including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). He married and divorced four times, lived part-time on the Big Island (Hawaii) and in Carmel (California). Brett Weston died in Hawaii Kona Hospital on January day, 1993. By the final decade of his life, he was ranked one of the top ten photographers collected by American museums.

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