Welcome to our All Things Weston journey!
The Edward Weston Bibliography reflects a labor of love, inquiry and deep respect for the exceptional art, life and career of this significant American photographer. The project has its genesis in an extraordinary collection of “Westoniana”—correspondence, ephemera, books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues and photographs—compiled with discernment and determination over many years by Paul Hertzmann and Susan Herzig. When, over a decade ago they asked Paula Freedman if she’d be interested in working with them on a Weston Bibliography, she leapt at the opportunity. None of us ever imagined how extensive this project would become or how many years it would take to realize our goal. In fact, we’re still pursuing and finding new publications! Not only has our enthusiasm never waned, it has grown global in scale, with legions of generous contributors sharing their collections and expertise. These include universities, museums, archives, libraries, curators, scholars, and independent researchers whose locations range from the San Francisco Bay Area (our home base) to Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Mexico, the United States, and elsewhere. A global effort indeed.
No bibliography of Weston in print would be complete without a complementary chronicle of his equally astonishing exhibition history. To date, we have identified over 800 solo and group exhibitions from the period between 1906 and 1958. As with the Bibliography, each exhibition record reflects exhaustive research to substantiate Weston’s inclusion in any given show—be it as humble as a bookstore or as consequential as the Museum of Modern Art.
What emerges from this meticulous documentation is an illuminating view of Weston’s career—a personal trajectory that mirrors the international movements, events and artistic developments of the first half of the 20th century. The Bibliography begins in 1906 with a critique of an early pictorialist effort in the April issue of Camera and Dark-Room, and concludes in 1958 with the Spring volume of the Indiana Art Center Review, which served as the catalogue for an exhibition of prints, including forty-four by Weston, from the collection of Eleanor and Van Deren Coke. The Exhibitions Chronology opens in Philadelphia at the July 1912 Photographers’ Association of America and closes in Oxford, Ohio with the final venue for The World of Edward Weston—a landmark retrospective that originated in 1956 at the George Eastman House in Rochester before circulating, through the Smithsonian Institution, to twenty-five venues between 1957 and 1961.
WHO WE ARE
Paula B. Freedman is an independent art historian and researcher specializing in photographic history and American art. She has been engaged with Paul Hertzmann and Susan Herzig on this extensive Edward Weston Bibliography and Exhibition History research project for over a decade. Additional experience includes curatorial and/or research positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the California Historical Society, and the Mills College Art Museum. Paula also serves on the Board of the American Decorative Arts Forum of Northern California, a support group of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Paul Hertzmann and Susan Herzig are dealers in fine vintage 19th and 20th century photography, including 20th century Modernism, Photo-Secession, post-World War II innovations, 19th century photographs of the American West and exceptional 19th century photographic albums. Their connoisseurship and extensive research enable them to offer photographs of quality, rarity and importance. With more than forty years of experience in the field, they are pleased to share their expertise with museums, private collectors and colleagues.
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