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This is an article on an exhibition of works by Edward Weston that would be mounted in Aztec Hall in Mexico City. The anonymous writer of the news story considers the exhibition important because of Weston’s treatment of a new genre within photography. This photographer from the United States did several test prints of a photographic method using platinum paper, a method that was new to the writer of this article. Similarly, Weston emphasized the autonomy of the photograph as compared to painting: “Photography is an art in itself.” The text reports that, to Weston, photography would have to fall in step with modernization, in terms of its subjects and the motifs it captured, and focus on the machinery and the industry of the times.
This is one of the short articles that promoted the exhibition of the photographs of Edward Weston (1886–1958) in Mexico, featuring his production in California, which represented a break with American photography as well as with his personal work. The American photographer Weston arrived in Mexico with his disciple Tina Modotti (1896–1942) in August 1923. Both became involved in artistic and intellectual circles and participated in several exhibitions; the two published their photographs and essays on photography in journals such as Mexican Folkways and Forma. While in Mexico, Weston and Modotti promoted the use of photography from another kind of approach: capturing the image based on its specific photographic characteristics, thus moving away from the pictorial school. Weston would leave Mexico in 1927 to make his permanent home in California.