This gelatin-silver print is printed, stamped, and signed by Cole Weston, son of Edward Weston, and is accompanied by a hardcover copy of Edward Weston: Portraits.
Edward Weston (1886–1958) began to earn an international reputation for his portrait work in 1911. But it was not until 1922 that he came fully into his own as an artist, with his photographs of the Armco Steel mill in Ohio. During 1923–26 he worked in Mexico and in California, where he lived with his sons, turning increasingly to subjects of his own choosing such as nudes, clouds, and close-ups of rocks, trees, vegetables, and shells. On a Guggenheim Fellowship from 1937–39, he photographed throughout the American West. In 1948 Weston made his last photograph; he had been stricken with Parkinson’s disease several years earlier. On January 1, 1958, he died at Wildcat Hill, his home in Carmel, California.