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Sand Dune, Oceano
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© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston
American, California, 1936
Gelatin silver print
7 5/8 x 9 9/16 in.
84.XP.446.10

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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.