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

Edward Weston
American, Los Angeles, California, 1927
Gelatin silver print
9 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.

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A woman's torso is photographed from behind, her head bent forward so drastically that only an insignificant mound of shadowy flesh represents the place where it logically should be. The soft spread of her buttocks forming a clean line across the seat makes her legs appear truncated; her remaining body is neatly sliced off and placed upon a kind of pedestal, transformed into a piece of abstract sculpture bearing little resemblance to a human form. Edward Weston's sharp-focus photograph carefully outlines the body and simultaneously conveys its disparate abstract beauty.