Edward Weston is best known for his photographs of vegetables and shells, his portraits, his abstract close-ups of nudes, rocks, and trees, and his late heroic landscapes. His sensuously precise Two Shells was made not long after Weston embraced the straightforward, sharply focused modernist aesthetic. The subtleties of tone and sculptural design Weston achieved in his work became the standards by which much later photographic practice has been judged.


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Artist
Edward Weston, American, 1886–1958
Printer
Cole Weston, American, 1919–2003
Title
Two Shells
Date
1927, printed 1978
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 9 7/16 × 7 7/16 in. (24 × 18.9 cm) Sheet: 9 7/16 × 7 7/16 in. (24 × 18.9 cm) Mount: 15 1/16 × 13 1/4 in. (38.2 × 33.7 cm)
Credit Line

The Target Collection of American Photography, museum purchase funded by Target Stores

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
78.91
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

Research ongoing