18 March - 16 April 2000
"The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh."
The American photographer Edward Weston produced a body of work, from the 1920's to the 1940's, which established him as one of the world's great masters of modernist photography. Weston aimed to convey 'a maximum of detail with a maximum of simplification' - an approach which remains as fresh and valid now as it did then.
This selection of 24 photographs embraces the full range of Weston's subjects - from his remarkable still lifes to his sensuous nudes, his acute portraits and his fascinating industrial and natural landscapes. It includes the famous 'pear-like' nude which Weston considered to be one of his most perfect compositions.