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Bananas and Orange

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Bananas and Orange


Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)




April 1927


Gelatin silver print

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18.9 × 23.7 cm (7 7/16 × 9 5/16 in.)


© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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To clearly express my feeling for life with photographic beauty, present objectively the texture, rhythm, form in nature, without subterfuge or evasion in technique or spirit, to record the quintessence of the object or element before my lens, rather than an interpretation, a superficial phase, or passing mood-- this is my way in photography.

So wrote Edward Weston in 1927, the year in which he made this still life composition. The skin of the fruit is rendered in precise detail, with the bruises and marks on the bananas becoming graphic strokes of the camera's "brush." The pocked surface of the citrus fruit is also clearly delineated, while the orange's center reveals an anomalous organic form.

- 1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

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
The Eye of Sam Wagstaff (January 14 to April 6, 1997)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 14 to April 6, 1997
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: Still Life (September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011
The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum (March 15, 2016 to May 7, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 15 to July 31, 2016
  • Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford), September 10 to December 11, 2016
  • Portland Museum of Art (Portland), February 13 to May 7, 2017

Edward Weston: The Home Spirit and Beyond, exh. brochure (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum), cover.

Newhall, Nancy, ed. The Daybooks of Edward Weston. 2 vols. (Rochester, N.Y., George Eastman House 1961-66) vol 2 (New York: Horizon Press), vol. 2, p. 13.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff. (New York: Gray Press, 1978), p. 73.

Education Resources
Education Resources

Education Resource




Still Life Photography

Lesson in which students design a still life composition, using a variety of shapes and textures, create a photographic still life, and write a poem.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts


Three/Five-Part Lesson