The photographer to Zohmah Charlot
Zohmah Charlot to Stephen White Gallery, Los Angeles, early 1980s
Acquired by the present owner from the above, early 1980s
Other prints of this image:
Jennifer A. Watts, ed., Edward Weston: A Legacy (Los Angeles: The Huntington Library, 2003, in conjunction with the exhibition), pl. 11
James Enyeart, Edward Weston's California Landscapes (Boston, 1984), pl. 73
Kurt Markus, Dune: Edward & Brett Weston (Kalispell, 2003), p. 5
Judith Hochburg, Sarah Lowe, Michael Mattis, and Dody Weston Thompson, Edward Weston: Life Work (Revere, 2004), pl. 73
Brett Abbott, In Focus: Edward Weston (The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005), pl. 74
The present photograph is inscribed by Edward Weston to Zohmah Charlot, the wife of Jean Charlot (see Lot 5). Edward Weston first met Zohmah in 1933, when Jean Charlot brought her with him to Carmel for a long summer stay. Weston described her in his daybook as 'a strange little sprite of whom we became quite fond' (Daybooks, California, 14 September 1933, p. 275). At that time, not yet married to Charlot, she was Zohmah Day; Weston's affectionate inscription on the reverse of the photograph offered here, 'to Zohmah Daisy,' is undoubtedly Weston's wordplay on Zohmah's maiden name. In her autobiography, Through Another Lens (New York, 1998), Charis Wilson calls Zohmah 'a total original' and explains that Zohmah was a name she had invented for herself, 'because she wanted to have a name that wasn't like everyone else's' (p. 130).
Please see Lot 5 for more information regarding the present print's provenance.
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