Huntington displays photographer Edward Weston's 'Leaves of Grass' project, including overlooked 'masterpieces'

Huntington displays photographer Edward Weston's 'Leaves of Grass' project, including overlooked 'masterpieces'

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In 1941, Edward Weston set off on an intriguing mission. The Limited Editions Club had asked the master photographer to find “real American faces” and “real American places” for its deluxe printing of Walt Whitman’s epic poetry collection, “Leaves of Grass.”

Weston hit the road, intending to do more than simply match images to the 19th century writer’s words. “He wanted to create a group of pictures that embodied Whitman’s vision of America,” says Jennifer Watts, co-curator of a new exhibition at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

“Real American Places: Edward Weston and Leaves of Grass” features 25 black-and-white…



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