"Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow'' is a title with two meanings.
The first meaning refers to family and
reputation. Brett Weston (1911-93) was the son of Edward Weston, one of
the great photographers of the 20th century. The younger Weston was very
good, but not that good.
As the high caliber of the early work at the Currier Museum of Art
shows, Weston was a photographic prodigy. "He is doing better work at
fourteen than I did at thirty,'' his father noted.
A picture like "Dune, Oceano,'' from 1934, with its curving overlay of
darkness upon sand, indicates the other significance of shadow in the
title. It's quite literal. Weston loved light's absence. Contrast wasn't
so much a technical device he employed as a defining principle of his
art. For him, shadow wasn't just light absent but light negated.
Read the complete review in The Boston Globe.