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Kim Weston - My Family, My Story

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Kim Weston is the the grandson of Edward Weston one of best American photographers and, for a number of professionals, one of the major artistic photographers of the twentieth century. Cole, Kim's father, and Brett, his uncle, both learned photography from the master himself - Edward. This photographic dynasty marks, in a very definitive way, the American era of creation!

© Pascal BaetensKim Weston started learning photography at a very young age both with his father and more `easily' with his uncle. This first installment of our portrait devoted to Kim Weston is thus centered around his family heritage and his life. In the forthcoming programs, we will discover the photographic style of Kim and his clean universe.

WildCat Hill, the family residence in Carmel by the Sea, a veritable living museum where the evidence of this great photographic dynasty marks the walls where Kim Weston and his wife Gina welcomed us with much warmth and spontaneity. Carmel is not far from San Francisco on the west coast of California. It is a small town on the edge of the sea where the majority of the multitude of galleries qualify as `Fine Art Galleries'...

© Pascal BaetensWildCat Hill is on a coastal road in a pine forest set back into nature. Upon our arrival, after a long and chaotic journey, we found a large home made entirely out of wood where many decorative and contemporary elements blended perfectly with the environment. Kim and Gina were both there waiting for us, and they took the time to have us visit this house full of historical character. As you will see in the film, this month on Fine Art TV we invite you on an experience that is without any doubt right out of the pages of American photographic history. The discovery of the intact darkroom of Edward Weston was astonishing. All of the original equipment was still in place as if this moment of history were frozen in time. It should be noted that since the time we have made this report in mid September, approximately 7 weeks ago, a very large retrospective on the work of Edward Weston has taken place in Los Angeles.

© Pascal BaetensLet's take a moment to look at Edward Weston's photographic work in order to pay an homage to him. Born in 1886, Edward received his first camera at the age of 16 years old. Kodak Bull's - Eye #2. Rather quickly, he was successful and the following year he was on exposition at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1911, he opened his first photographic studio and at the same time collaborated with magazines for whom he passed on his innovative knowledge in terms of the photographic portrait.

In the 1920s, Edward Weston traveled and abandoned the pictorialisme to turn his photographic experience towards other domains of expression. He went to Mexico. On the eve of 1930s, nude and still life began dominating his photographic work.

© Pascal BaetensAccompanied among others by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and his photographic companions created a photographic movement entitled f/64: it really corresponds to the opening of the shutter allowing the greatest depth of field. With everyone expressing themselves differently, the members of this group had the common conviction that the photographer must use the materials to their maximum abilities and also to know perfectly well how to make photographic prints so that they obtained the best results, the depth of field being naturally the base.

In 1937, he obtained a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation, and he published several books and collaborated on several large-scale artistic projects.

© Pascal BaetensThe photographic universe which he created is qualified as being one of the largest for the United States and, in fact, a reference in the world of photography. Edward Weston still lives on through his work on portraits, landscapes and still life on thematic sets like the photographic tests of Punto Lobos or Death Valley that are still regarded as major works of art today. Kim Weston has inherited this knowledge that Cole and Brett have passed on to yet another generation. We are very happy to share this portrait with you this month.

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