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© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston
American, 1933
Gelatin silver print
9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.
84.XM.896.1

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The vegetable's elongated, misshapen limbs twist and curve around each other. Its texture is like hair-pocked skin, and the broken root at the base of the photograph suggests a traumatic upheaval from the ground. So strongly reminiscent of the human body, this is a disturbing image, evoking physical deformities and human violence. Photographed against grass that is barely visible, like scratches in the background, the radish hovers above its natural setting while remaining eerily removed from it.