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|THE PORTFOLIOS OF BRETT WESTON:
Books By Photographer
Alejandro Lopez De Haro R.
Richard Copeland Miller
Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Michael A. Smith
Portfolio Book Series
Portfolios of Brett Weston
San Francisco, 1939
White Sands, 1949 and 1975
New York, 1951
Fifteen Photographs, 1961
Ten Photographs, 1963
Baja California, 1968
Portraits Of My Father, 1977
Vintage Collection #1, 1977
Twenty Photographs, 1978
Hawaii: Leaves and Lava, 1980
Abstractions No. 1, 1925-1980
Abstractions No. 2, 1927-1980
Student Print Series, 1954–1977
Special Edition, 1951
Read about the series
Weston visited Japan only once, in 1970, and produced the Japan portfolio that same year. Besides new subjects and textures, he was obviously fascinated with Japanese architecture, design, and calligraphy, and he seems also to have absorbed something of the style of Japanese art.
For example, in contrast to conventions of perspective in Western paintings, which tend to move horizontally and employ a single vanishing point, Japanese (and Chinese) landscape paintings tend to move or "read" from top to bottom (as does Japanese writing), and to employ ichnographic perspective, which has no single vanishing point and also implies a distant point of view.
Weston seems to give a nod to this Oriental aesthetic with the five landscapes he includes here. . . . In other words, Weston's personal artistic interests seem to mesh with the Japanese environment
and the style of Japanese art. He was clearly fascinated with the new shapes and textures of Japan, and he rhymes these shapes and textures across the portfolio.
—From the Afterword by Roger Aikin
12 1/2" x 12 1/2", 15 reproductions, 44 pages
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