Edward Weston: The Photographer

Edward Weston once said that “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.” I’ve always thought that was one of the best explanations of what photography is at it’s core: it’s really just about learning to see better.

Weston is widely known as one of the most influential American photographers. He primarily shot photos in the American West (especially California), and photographed a wide range of subjects (including landscapes, portraits, and still life).

I recently came across an excellent documentary about Weston and his approach to photography (thanks to Jim Goldstein for sharing!), so I thought it’d be great to share on PN. It’s a little dated (filmed in 1948), but there’s a lot of inspirational stuff in here:

Enjoy! :)

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steveb2About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.


  1. Loved watching it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the link, will definitively check it out. The concept of creating “strong” images by learning to “see better” have really stuck with me since I first read about this very quote. It really reminds me to remember (and hopefully apply) the core aspects of composition when shooting.

  3. INSPIRATIONAL indeed !!
    Makes me want to forget the distractions about me and hit the trail with camera and gear.
    I was introduced to Weston’s work in photography classes, but had not seen this film. I shall keep it and return to it often….so relaxing….helps me to know who I am.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Be blessed!

  4. Truly inspirational at a perfect time – thank you for sharing this.

  5. Howard Buckler says:

    Very enjoyable viewing. It brings home the dedication and skill of the early photographers. Their ability to see and record is awesome. How i wish I could bottle it! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Inga-Lill Ray says:

    Thank you for this link. It made me want to take my camera and go out even if this winterday is awfully dark, grey and dull and ripping away all beauty from my garden and its surroundings.

  7. Steve Dionne says:

    Great watch! ”Edward Weston”! The comments are even more relevant today in this, get it first and fastest age!
    Thanks for taking the time to share.

  8. Andre Barnard says:

    Wonderful piece of the history of the art of photography. I love the part where he says, its not what others see in your photographs, but its how YOU feel about them!

    Thanks for sharing


  9. Always been a firm believer in making photos for myself, and letting others think what they wish.

    They do not have to like what they see, just hope they appreciate what’s around them.

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