Nude (189N)
Nude (189N)

Edward Weston

Nude (189N)


Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 3.5" x 4.5"
Mounted dimensions: 13" x 15"

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Nude (189N)
Nude (189N)



Gelatin Silver photograph by Edward Weston, "Nude (189N), 1934." Individually handmade from Edward Weston's 4x5 negative by his son, Cole Weston. Stamped and signed by Cole Weston on mount verso. Excellent condition.


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Edward Weston was renowned as one of the greatest masters of 20th century photography. Awarded the first Guggenheim ever given to a photographer in 1937, his luminous images have influenced and inspired photographers around the world ever since. In 1946, a major retrospective of Weston’s work was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which featured 300 of his original photographs. Weston began experiments with color photography the following year, and was the subject of a film, The Photographer, by Willard Van Dyke. Plagued by Parkinson’s disease, Edward took his last photographs at Point Lobos in 1948. During his final 10 years of progressively incapacitating illness, Weston oversaw his son, Brett, making his final portfolio. Edward Weston’s archive is located at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and his original photographs have sold at auction for a record $1.6 million.

Weston took this particular photograph of Charis Wilson using his 8 X 10 Ansco view camera with a Zeiss 21 cm lens. Like all of his photos, he made only a single exposure of the image.

edward weston with view camera by chandler weston


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 specifically selected Kodak Azo Silver Chloride paper and Amidol paper developer, which created a very long tonal scale, rich blacks and warm whites.

amidol bottle