Bank Holiday weekends should be long and lazy. Mine has been filled with various pursuits of everyday procrastination but none have been more fruitful than a flick through a recent second hand book store find. Margrethe Mather & Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration explores the relationship between two of my favourite photographers and provides inspiration at every turn of page. Whilst offering a glimpse of California Bohemia, A Passionate Collaboration features work by both artists, chronicles their twelve-year association and sheds much needed light on Mather, whose artistry, sexual identity, and mysterious past were overshadowed by the massive reputation of Edward Weston.
Mather was, without doubt, an extraordinary photographer on her own merit. She was a pacesetter and innovator. With her unerring eye for spare, elegant design, her unflinching capacity for editing an image to its very essence and her obsession with technical perfection, Margrethe Mather was an artist of real substance and significance. As much as I enjoyed reading about their complex relationship it was the selection of plates that really left me inspired. I just had to scan a few of them to share with you.
Margrethe Mather - "Wild Joe" O'Carrol (1919)
Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston - Max Eastman at Water's Edge (1921)
Edward Weston - Roi Patridge (1922)
Margrethe Mather - The Abandoned Car (1925)
Margrethe Mather - Japanese Combs (1931)