High Museum to mount show of Brett Weston photographs

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Brett Weston's "Pond and Rocks, High Sierra" (1973), a vintage gelatin silver print, will be included in a High Museum exhibit opening July 18.
Brett Weston's "Pond and Rocks, High Sierra" (1973), a vintage gelatin silver print, will be included in a High Museum exhibit opening July 18.

Brett Weston’s “Pond and Rocks, High Sierra” (1973), a vintage gelatin silver print, will be included in a High Museum of Art  exhibit opening July 18.

The High Museum of Art on Thursday announced that an exhibition of 28 photographic prints by Brett Weston will go on view July 18.

Though best known for his nature works, Weston focused early in his career on cityscapes. The High exhibit includes "Midtown, New York" (1944), a vintage gelatin silver print.

Though best known for his nature works, Weston focused early in his career on cityscapes. The High exhibit includes “Midtown, New York” (1944), a vintage gelatin silver print.

Spanning more than half a century, the prints offer a wide view of Weston’s career and complement the High’s holdings of post-war American photography, including work by his colleagues Harry Callahan and Wynn Bullock.

A master at capturing nature in its elemental beauty, Weston (1911-1993) was the son of noted photographer Edward Weston, who taught Brett to use a large-format camera when he was a teenager in 1925.

Most of the photographs to be exhibited were added to the High’s collection in 2013 through an acquisition made possible with support from Atlanta photographer-philanthropist Lucinda W. Bunnen, the Brett Weston Archive and the archive’s president and founder, Christian Keesee.

“In recent years, we have had great success increasing the depth of the Museum’s monographic holdings by some of the 20th century’s most noteworthy photographers,” said High photography curator Brett Abbott, who called the Weston images “a significant addition to the High’s collection.”

Through Jan. 10, 2016. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.high.org.


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