In his daybooks, Edward Weston was trying to focus himself as man and photographer. To be alone and to think, free for an hour of family, friends, loves, he rose in the dark before dawn and poured down on the page in his massive scrawl whatever was seething in him.
The flame started first by amazement over subject matter, that flame which only a great artist can have—not the emotional pleasure of the layman—but the intuitive understanding and recognition relating obvious reality to the esoteric, must then be confined to a form within which it can burn with a focused intensity: otherwise it flares, smokes and is lost like in an open bonfire.
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BRETT WESTON, photographer, second son of Edward and taught by him to photograph ; exhibited with him from age of 14 onward; frequently shared studio together. Guggenheim Fellow 1947; traveled across United States. Lives in Carmel. DODY, photographer and writer; apprentice to Edward; third wife of Brett. Assisted Clyde Lou Stoumen in making movie The Naked Eye.
ROBIN—Robinson Jeffers, poet, playwright: ROAN STALLION, THE TOWER BEYOND TRAGEDY, DEAR JUDAS, etc. Lives in Carmel. TINA—Tina Modotti, Italian-born beauty, movie actress and model to Rivera and other painters as well as to Weston, through whose teaching she became a remarkable photographer.
1886 Born Highland Park, Illinois. 1902 First photographs, in Chicago parks. 1906 To California on holiday; stayed. 1909 Married Flora May Chandler; four sons born: Chandler, 1910; Brett, 1911; Neil, 1914; Cole, 1919. 1911 Opened own portrait studio, Tropico, now Glendale, California.