“MY ‘FLAMING CYPRESS ROOT— I HAVE NEVER MADE A NEGATIVE THAT PLEASED ME MORE”: EDWARD WESTON’S MY CAMERA ON POINT LOBOS
WESTON, Edward. My Camera on Point Lobos. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1950. Folio, original spiral-bound black paper boards, original dust jacket. $2000.
First edition, with 30 beautiful folio-sized duotone plates of the rugged California coastline near Carmel, together with excerpts from Weston’s daybook.
“The work and the working methods of Edward Weston both serve as invaluable examples to all photographers. Apart from the profound expressive qualities of his photographs—and their revelation of a remarkable philosophy of life—they proclaim a technique of great power and unique simplicity. Here are no frills and mannered complexities, no distortions of the medium in its most straightforward form. Both the negative and the prints have emerged from a darkroom which is equipped with the fewest necessities of the craft… Yet from this simple installation comes some of the great photography of our time” (Ansel Adams, “A Note on the Photographs”). With an introduction by Weston’s last assistant and later his daughter-in-law, Dody Weston.
Beautiful, striking plates (including “Cypress Root, 1929”) in fine condition. Book near-fine, with minor rubbing to corners, dust jacket expertly restored.