- Richard Lorenz
(b Highland Park, IL, March 24, 1886; d Carmel, CA, Jan 1, 1958).
American photographer. Weston endured a lifetime of financial insecurity and emotional anxiety for the singular pursuit of his craft and aesthetic ideals. His intricately detailed journals, which he called his ‘daybooks’ and which date from 1923 to 1943, convey an intimate sense of his creative life.
Weston took his first photographs in 1902 with a Bullseye camera, a gift from his father. He migrated to Los Angeles in 1906, by then an accomplished amateur photographer. He returned to Chicago c. 1908 to study commercial photography at the Illinois College of Photography and then returned to Los Angeles, where he worked for the Mojonier Studio, a commercial portrait studio, between c. 1909 and 1911. In 1909 he married Flora Chandler, with whom he had four sons. They moved to Tropico (now Glendale), Los Angeles, where Weston had established his own portrait studio by 1911–12.
Weston exhibited his fine Pictorialism platinum prints in numerous international photographic salons and was often singled out in reviews as an original, artistic, and perceptive talent (...