The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
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[Bench] / [Comics, Elliot Point]
Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)
Gelatin silver print
19.3 x 24.5 cm (7 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography
What inspired Edward Weston to photograph this dilapidated park bench surrounded by weeds? In many ways, this image resembles a still-life painting. By focusing on a simple, everyday object, Weston invites viewers to contemplate a subject they might otherwise ignore. As the centerpiece of the photograph, the bench is transformed from a commonplace piece of furniture to a graphic study of rhythmic, horizontal bands. The weathered finish and broken bottom band are telling signs of age; like the discarded comics page, they suggest that this park bench has provided a restful stop for many weary visitors.
The American Tradition & Walker Evans: Photographs from the Getty Collection, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum) fig. 11.