To accompany a publication of his photographs, in 1932, Edward Weston wrote,
"Man is the actual medium of expression---not the tool he elects to use as a means.
Results alone should be appraised; the way in which these are achieved is of importance
only to the maker. To the extent that the completed work realizes depth of
understanding, uniqueness of viewpoint and vitality of presentation, will the spectator
respond and participate in the original experience. This premise, restricting too
personal and therefore prejudiced interpretation, leads to revolution---the fusion
of an inner and outer reality derived from the wholeness of life---sublimating things
seen into things known."
From "A Contemporary Means to Creative Expression, by Edward Weston,"
The Art of Edward Weston(1932, p.7)
Introduction to Special Insights
In this gallery we want to illuminate Frederick Sommer’s
willingness to take chances and make decisive moves when serving
problems that came up during the 65-years he created photographic
imagery, with and without the camera.
Sommer believed that "we work for that part of our vision which is
Most of the insights are offered here come from Naomi Lyons, who spent
13-1/2 years assisting Frederick Sommer with his
life and in the darkroom. Ever curious, she asked more
questions than could be answered. Over the years, her persistent interest was
rewarded by Sommer with fascinating clues and stories.
Naomi offers the following inside view of Sommer's working process -
drawing from her education while working with the artist and his negatives;
35mm to 11x14 inch, ranging from perfectly exposed to visually
bullet-proof (over exposed and over developed), made
from light, smoke, paint, found or constructed, etched, or painted
with Crosein Scarlet.
The occasional 'guest' notes will be posted as well.