Sand Dune, Oceano

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Sand Dune, Oceano


Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)




Oceano, California, United States (Place created)




Gelatin silver print


19.4 x 24.3 cm (7 5/8 x 9 9/16 in.)


© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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The natural world was an important subject for Modernist photographers in America. A leader of the movement, Weston used a sharp-focus approach to transform ordinary subjects into extraordinary explorations of form. Here he elegantly organized deep shadows cast beneath brightly lit crests of sand, creating a composition in which space and scale are largely absent. A glimpse of the distant coastline allows the image to hover between pure abstraction and recognizable landscape.

I.C.P.: Wagstaff Collection (March 29 to May 12, 1985)
  • International Center of Photography, (New York), March 29 to May 12, 1985
Photographs from the Sam Wagstaff Collection (November 15, 1985 to January 11, 1986)
  • The Photographers' Gallery, (London), November 15, 1985 to January 11, 1986
Edward Weston: The Home Spirit and Beyond (November 25, 1986 to February 1, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), November 25, 1986 to February 1, 1987
Edward Weston: Enduring Vision (July 31 to November 25, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 31 to November 25, 2007
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009

Heckert, Virginia. Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015) p. 19, fig. 10.