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Peppers and Nudes - The Photographer Edward Weston

Peppers and Nudes - The Photographer Edward Weston
Edward Weston's "Pepper", "Nude", &" Shell" (photo © 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents)

He discovers beauty and abstraction in places where nobody had seen them before. In a pepper, for example. And he never ceases doing nude photography. His photographs become icons of the modern age and influence whole generations of photographers. Peppers and Nudes is a portrait of the American photographer Edward Weston (1886 - 1958).

At the age of 37, the photographer moves to Mexico. For him, an emergence into modern times. He photographs revolutionaries, artists and, again and again, his beloved Tina Modotti. Back in California he settles in Carmel. Fascinated by the dramatic rocky coastline of the Pacific, he sets up his studio here. He comes to photograph one place right on his doorstep for the rest of his life. Point Lobos, washed by spray and waves. His black-and-white pictures are photography pure: objective, abstract and yet full of magic.

The life of Edward Weston - on the trail in California. A journey to Carmel and Point Lobos, to the sand-dunes of Oceano and through the bizarre rocky outcrops of Death Valley. And a very personal history of modern American photography.
Genre Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2004
Directors Joachim Haupt, Sabine Pollmeier
Screenplay Joachim Haupt, Sabine Pollmeier
Cinematography Roland Wagner
Gisela Castronari-Jaensch
Producer Sabine Pollmeier
Voice Jean-Luc Julien
Production Company Parnass Film, in co-production with ARTE, NDR/Hamburg
Runtime 27 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2004 (Documentary Competition), FIFA Montreal 2005, Chicago International Documentary Festival 2005, Media Wave Gyoer 2005, Sydney 2005

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