Edward Weston

Tina Modotti (1896-1942)

1924
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Working in portrait studios early in his career and observing their camera operators in action ultimately led Edward Weston to reject the directorial mode in his personal work. Instead, he sought to reveal the multiple aspects of a subject's identity. In 1924 in Mexico City, Weston stumbled upon the idea of capturing a sitter in mid-vocalization, and soon made a series of portraits of his lover, Tina Modotti, reciting poetry. As he wrote, he sought to register "her remarkably mobile face in action." The prints Weston produced from this sitting capture Modotti's animated features and warmth.
Title
Tina Modotti (1896-1942)
Date
1924
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
23.6 x 18.8 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Gift of Dave Heath, Toronto, 1973
Accession number
33724