Betty Katz, Los Angeles
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© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston
American, 1920
Palladium print
7 1/2 x 9 9/16 in.

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Early in Edward Weston's career in the 1910s his style was Pictorialist. Soon, however, he began to move toward a different approach. This soft-focus portrait of Betty Katz (later Brandner) reveals the early influence of Pictorialism but is also Modernist in its self-conscious use of space and form as subjects of the photograph. Weston subordinated Katz's figure to the graphic abstraction of the large rectangles that she appears to hold up. The print's muted tones flatten the image's depth, reducing the room to a two-dimensional space.