Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles

Artful Lives Edward Weston Margrethe Mather and the Bohemians of Los Angeles This captivating biography reveals the previously untold love story of Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather Both were photographic artists at the center of the bohemian cultural scene in Los Angeles dur

  • Title: Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles
  • Author: Beth Gates Warren
  • ISBN: 9781606060704
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This captivating biography reveals the previously untold love story of Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather Both were photographic artists at the center of the bohemian cultural scene in Los Angeles during the 1910s and 1920s, yet Weston would become a major Modernist photographer while Mather, who Weston ultimately expunged from his journals, would fall into obscurity TheThis captivating biography reveals the previously untold love story of Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather Both were photographic artists at the center of the bohemian cultural scene in Los Angeles during the 1910s and 1920s, yet Weston would become a major Modernist photographer while Mather, who Weston ultimately expunged from his journals, would fall into obscurity The book reveals how they and their entourage sought out the limelight as the Hollywood film industry came of age Based on ten years of research and illustrated with extraordinary images, some never published, this history has a captivating range of characters, including Charlie Chaplin, Imogen Cunningham, Max Eastman, Emma Goldman, Tina Modotti, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Carl Sandburg The lively text brings to life the ambiance of this exciting time in Los Angeles history as well as its darker side Artful Lives exceeds any previously published account of this key period in Weston s development and reveals Mather s important contribution to it, making it an essential reference in Weston studies.

    One thought on “Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles”

    1. A wonderful book on the lives of Weston and Mather. The author really delves into the life of Mather who, formerly thought of as Weston's muse, was also an extremely talented photographer in her own right. Warren shows Mather's many sides and draws a full portrait of the artist.In addition, this is a great guide to historical Los Angeles. The book made me want to travel to the places where Weston and Mather lived and worked and see what it looks like today.A great history of Los Angeles at that [...]

    2. Engaging read with gobs of intriguing LA history. Skews increasingly towards Weston as the book goes on; while this is understandable, given the available information, it is also disappointing and becomes yet another case of the white male gaze dominating cultural histories. I wish the author was not at once so enthralled and judgmental about her subjects; she embraces their bohemian lifestyles while also seeming to condemn them for the very habits that make them creative beings. She is especial [...]

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