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Pepper No. 43, 1930

Edward Weston

American, 1886-1958
Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/50
Image: 7-9/16 x 9-3/16 in. (19.2 x 23.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Shirley C. Burden, in memory of Flobelle Fairbanks Burden

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Weston was one of the twentieth century's most influential photographers. Talented and ambitious, Weston quickly established a reputation of national prominence. Inspired by the "straight" photographic methods of photographers such as Paul Strand and Alfred Stieglitz, Weston worked in a manner that he believed "truthfully represented natural objects [without] trick, device or subterfuge." Weston is best known for his landscape photographs, his nudes, and a highly original series of close-up, organic forms such as shells, eggplants, and cabbages. "Pepper No. 43" is an outstanding example of this later series. In this work, Weston has removed the vegetable from its common context and rendered its scale ambiguous, giving it surrealist and sensual qualities.

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