Edward Weston: Photographs from the Collection of the Center for Creative Photography. Text by Amy Conger. Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, 1992. Large quarto. Clothbound with photo-illustrated dust jacket. 1826 halftone images.
This monumental undertaking is the largest catalogue ever published on the work of a single photographer. Catalogue raisonnés of this sort have long been undertaken for major visual artists, but were all but unknown for photographers. Here, 1,826 images are chronicled in depth. Entries go beyond describing the prints in the Center's collection to tell where the photographs were published, what exhibitions they appeared in, and the public collections where other prints are housed. Author Amy Conger has annotated hundreds of the images, relating quotations from Weston's Daybooks, Charis Wilson's journals, and other contemporary writings, as well as her own personal observations. The biography includes many pictures of Weston and those close to him. The appendices add to this comprehensive view of Weston's work, describing his negative numbering systems, his Guggenheim travels, all of his exhibitions, a large selected bibliography, and a proper name index. This important book is printed on coated paper to preserve maximum detail of the small reproductions accompanying each entry. A must for anyone wishing to study Weston's life work.