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Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration Hardcover – October, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393041573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393041576
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] penetrating glimpse of California Bohemia...fascinating. -- The Bloomsbury Review, John Murray, January/February 2002

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Beth Gates Warren is a historian of photography and the former director of Sotheby's New York Photographs Department. She lives in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on April 19, 2002
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Almost nothing has been written on the pictorialist movement in California in the early 20th century, yet every well know photographer in California was active in it. This book is an imaginative look at one of the best and most mysterious practitioners. Mather and Weston found themselves in L.A. at the time in history when the movie industry was taking shape and a lot of creative and adventurous people came out here. This book captures some of that atmosphere.
Mather is interesting as a woman, as an artist and member of an eclectic group of West Coast artists, one of whom was Edward Weston with whom she worked and did other things for about 12 years. There is no question that they stimulated each other. Nothing could be less important except to get you to buy a book, I think.
Warren weakens Mather by linking her to Weston, trying to make the case that she influenced him. Her analysis is superficial to the point that her writing seems like an "infomercial". This is not surprising since the author used to work for an art auction house.
She would be far more informative if she had pointed out the differences between their approaches to the same subjects. Artists, particularly photographers of the place and time in question, met each other in clubs where they showed each other their work and talked about it. Everyone knew everyone and their influences helped define the differences between them. The Impressionists hung out together, the Dadaist hung out together as did almost every group or movement in art history. It is not informative for the author simply to restate this commonplace.
One of Mather's photographs of a boy wrapped in a kimono Warren compares with Weston's photograph of Tina Modotti in a kimono taken some years later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By applestoapples on August 2, 2011
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Having just re-read this thoughtfully written and stunningly beautiful book, I felt compelled to post a review.
I must disagree with D. Johnson's review of the work on several counts. Johnson apparently wanted Warren to discuss the differences in Weston's and Mather's work, though the subtitle of the book specifically states that the author's focus is on their collaboration.
I can understand Johnson's interest in Mather; she must have been a fascinating woman, but the claim that the book is, "in the end, [ ] about Edward Weston.." and not Mather, is simply incorrect. This book was my introduction to Mather, and though we would all like to know more about this woman who didn't really want to be remembered, I don't feel that Warren has slighted the reader.
Warren has done original, well documented research on both Mather and Weston, and she writes in a precise, yet deeply effecting way about both artists. Further, the odd comment about Warren writing in the manner of an infomercial and that her style is a result of her work at Sotheby's is nonsensical at best. The writing is engaging and informative; this, combined with the gorgeous photographs, results in a rare achievement in the publishing world - she has left me wanting more.
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