Wharf Piles
Wharf Piles
Wharf Piles
Wharf Piles

Brett Weston

Wharf Piles

Oregon, 1968

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 24" x 20"
Mounted dimensions: 33" x 30"

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection — $20,000
Wharf Piles
Wharf Piles
Wharf Piles
Wharf Piles



Original Gelatin Silver photograph by Brett Weston, “Wharf Piles, Oregon, 1968.” Individually handmade by Brett Weston in his Carmel Valley darkroom from 8×10 format sheet film in 1989. Mounted on 30×33 inch cotton rag museum board. Signed and numbered in an edition of 25 in pencil on mount.

The negatives in this portfolio were permanently retired upon completion of the project, and eventually destroyed. These are the largest Gelatin Silver photographers ever created by Brett Weston.

Exclusively offered through Photography West Gallery.


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Brett Weston’s lifetime of devotion and total involvement with the medium produced a body of work and contribution to photography that many viewers conclude ultimately surpassed his renowned father in sophisticated visual scope. Brett worked quietly more than three decades after Edward Weston’s death to “take the work as far as I can” and brilliantly conclude the remarkable 90-year Weston Legacy (1903-1993). Brett Weston’s intuitive visual genius has virtually no equal in the history of contemporary photography. His work can be found in many major museums, including the Getty and SFMOMA. His photographs are housed in the permanent collections of over 100 major institutions around the world.

brett weston in his darkroom


The most popular black and white process of the 20th century was gelatin silver, in which the image consists of silver metal particles suspended in a gelatin layer. Gelatin silver papers are commercially manufactured by applying an emulsion of light-sensitive silver salts in gelatin to a sheet of paper coated with a layer of baryta, a white pigment mixed with gelatin. The sensitized paper, generally fiber-based, is exposed to light through a negative and then made visible in a chemical reducing solution. William Henry Fox Talbot introduced the basic chemical process in 1839, but the more complex gelatin silver process did not become the most common method of black-and-white darkroom photography until the late 1910s. Because the silver image is suspended in a gelatin emulsion that rests on a pigment-coated paper, gelatin silver can be sharply defined and highly detailed in comparison to platinum or palladium, in which the image is absorbed directly into the fibers of the paper. The Weston’s used Amidol paper developer, which created a very long tonal scale, rich blacks and warm whites.

Cross section of Gelatin Silver paper