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  • ICAA Record ID
    823216
    TITLE
    La próxima exposición de Edward Weston, el original y vigoroso artista mexicano / M. M.
    IN
    El Mundo (México, D. F.). -- Oct. 11, 1923
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – notes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    M.M. "La próxima exposición de Edward Weston, el original y vigoroso artista mexicano." El Mundo (Mexico City), October 11, 1923.
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

The writer of this short article tells us that there will be an exhibition of about 100 photographs of the “very delicate” work of Edward Weston. He tells us that these works will be related to the concept of daily life in Mexico, and that the photographer valiantly avoids “vulgarity.” The writer emphasizes that both [Weston and his partner Tina Modotti] will be available to chat and at the same time, provide an interpretation of the “photographic portraits” done by Modotti.

Annotations

This short article and invitation to an exhibition by the Californian photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958) sets forth some of the terms in which he conceived his work—between what is art and what is photography. In a few lines, the writer refers to the photography done by journalists, which is undeniably superficial. The question arises about whether to consider the photographer “Mexican,” since his experience in Mexico was limited to a few years. These photographs are still marked by pictorialism, when we see them as “photographic portraits.” Yet we can also see some of the precepts introduced by the work of Weston and Tina Modotti (1896-1942) through their presence in the Mexican cultural milieu of the 1920s.

Researcher
Rebeca Monroy : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico City, México
Location
Center for Creative Photography