To clearly express my feeling for life with photographic beauty, present objectively the texture, rhythm, form in nature, without subterfuge or evasion in technique or spirit, to record the quintessence of the object or element before my lens, rather than an interpretation, a superficial phase, or passing mood-this is my way in photography. It is not an easy way.
So wrote Edward Weston in 1927. In the spring of 1906, the twenty-year old Weston went to Tropico (now Glendale), California to visit his sister for two months, but he remained in California for more than thirty years. After two brief apprenticeships, Weston established his own photographic business, "The Little Studio," in Tropico in 1911.
In 1922 on a visit East, Weston met Alfred Stieglitz and toured New York museums, after which Weston wrote that "I was ripe to change, was changing, yes changed when I went to New York." The following year Weston went to Mexico, accompanied by Tina Modotti. In 1926 he returned to California permanently, later settling in Carmel. In 1937 Weston became the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Foundation artist's fellowship. Along with Imogen Cunningham and Ansel Adams, Weston was a founding member of Group f/64, which advocated unmanipulated, sharp-focus photography.