mounted, initialed and dated by the photographer in pencil on the mount, signed, titled, dated, and numbered '47SO' by the photographer in pencil on the reverse, matted, 1936, probably printed in the 1940s
The photographer to Glen Fishback
By descent to the present owner
Other prints of this image:
Merle Armitage, Edward Weston: Fifty Photographs (New York, 1947), pl. 13
Nancy Newhall, Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition (Aperture, 1967), pp. 46-47
Ben Maddow, Edward Weston: Fifty Years (Aperture, 1973), p. 168
Jennifer A. Watts, ed., Edward Weston: A Legacy (Los Angeles: The Huntington Library, 2003, in conjunction with the exhibition), p. 127
James Enyeart, Edward Weston's California Landscapes (Boston, 1984), pl. 15
Kurt Markus, Dune: Edward & Brett Weston (Kalispell, 2003), p. 67
Amy Conger, Edward Weston: The Form of the Nude (London, 2005), p. 119
Judith Hochburg, Sarah Lowe, Michael Mattis, and Dody Weston Thompson, Edward Weston: Life Work (Revere, 2004), pl. 72
Manfred Heiting, ed., Edward Weston (Köln, 2004), p. 147
Therese Mulligan and David Wooters, eds., Photography from 1839 to Today: George Eastman House (Köln, 2000), p. 497
Keith F. Davis, An American Century of Photography, from Dry-Plate to Digital: The Hallmark Photographic Collection (Kansas City, 1999), p. 208
Picturing Modernity: Highlights from the Photography Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1998, in conjunction with the exhibition), pl. 22
Maria Morris Hambourg and Christopher Phillips, The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988, in conjunction with the exhibition), pl. 117
This photograph, and those in Lots 185 and 186, come originally from the collection of Glen Fishback, photographer, writer, and photography school founder, who first met Edward Weston in 1938 and later published an article describing their friendship. His reminiscences, 'Edward Weston, A Legend in His Own Lifetime,' appeared in Petersen's Photographic in February 1973.
In 1937, Fishback and wife Altha wed, and he began his professional career as a staff photographer for the Sacramento Bee. The following year the couple returned to Carmel, where they had honeymooned, to celebrate their first anniversary. Fishback was in awe of Weston's work and reputation, and phoned him to request a visit. Weston welcomed them to Wildcat Hill, and the couple spent a delightful evening discussing photography and looking through several hundred of his photographs. Fishback wrote that while they 'were destitute of funds at the time,' they happily purchased 'Juniper, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite' (Lot 186) for $20.
The next morning, Weston invited the couple to join him in a picture-taking session at Point Lobos, and Fishback was impressed not only by Weston's agility while carrying heavy equipment over the rocks and steep paths, but also by his meticulous, thoughtful approach to photography, and his generosity of knowledge and spirit. The following year, the Fishbacks returned and enjoyed another field trip with Weston. During this visit, Fishback made a number of exposures of Weston at work. After receiving one of the portraits in the mail, Weston wrote the Fishbacks a postcard: 'My portrait arrived. I'm very happy to have it and think I got the best of the exchange - Your print goes forward soon. All packed. Our thanks for your kind letter. Yrs - Edward Weston.' The descendants of Glen Fishback have preserved copies of Weston's correspondence over the years.
The two men remained friends and exchanged letters, visits, and photographs until Weston's death in 1958. When the Fishbacks' son was born, he was christened Kurt Edward--his middle name in honor of, and with affection for--Edward Weston.
Glen Fishback's papers and photographs are held in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C.
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