Cole Weston 1919-2003


photo by: Tim Barnwell
Edward Weston | 4x5 Silver Gelatin Print | 439.16.10

Cole Weston worked at various jobs, including a stint at Lockheed Aircraft, before becoming a photographer himself. In World War II he joined the Navy, where he did public relations work then took a job as a Life magazine photographer. He spent much of his career as an assistant to his father and as his master printer and the executor of his estate.

Cole Weston first began working in color in 1947, when Eastman Kodak sent a quantity of their new film, Kodachrome, to his father, Edward Weston. He gave up black-and-white photography in his own personal endeavors almost immediately, and soon became one of photography’s finest colorists. His images are known for their unusual beauty, emotional impact, and exuberant use of color. Having simultaneously done his own creative work while printing from his father’s negatives, according to Edward’s wishes, for over thirty years, Cole turned his energies exclusively to his own photography in 1988, working across the American West, in Europe, and with the female nude. His work has been featured in more than sixty exhibitions worldwide and is in the collections of museums throughout the US and Europe.

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