View:  San Francisco Chronicle article by Kenneth Baker (17 March 2007)
 

 
EUGÈNE CUVELIER Le Clovis Salt print, early 1860s 13 1⁄4 x 10 in. EDWARD WESTON The Ascent of Attic Angles Platinum print, 1921 9 1⁄4 x 7 1⁄2 in.

EUGÈNE CUVELIER
Le Clovis
Salt print, early 1860s
13 1⁄4 x 10 in.

To be sold in
An Important Collection
of Photographs by Eugène &
Adalbert Cuvelier


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EDWARD WESTON
The Ascent of Attic Angles
Platinum print, 1921
9 1⁄4 x 7 1⁄2 in.

To be sold in
Photographs from the
Private Collection of
Margaret W. Weston


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Also being previewed
Photographs from various owners


Preview Hours:
Friday, March 16   11:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, March 17   11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, March 18   11:00 am-5:00 pm

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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM
THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF MARGARET W. WILSON

Ms. Weston opened the Weston Gallery in Carmel, Calif., in 1975, long before buying photography became popular, and she is something of a legend among collectors. She was introduced to the field when she married Cole Weston, the youngest son of the photographer Edward Weston, in 1963. After their divorce in 1974, she needed work, and her friend Ansel Adams encouraged her to start the gallery. Its first show was an exhibition of his work.

But Ms. Weston held on to special photographs, forming a collection that included rare platinum prints by Edward Weston. (He died five years before the marriage.) Among them is “The Ascent of Attic Angles,” a haunting interior from 1921. One of only two known existing prints of the image. “The White Iris (Tina Modotti),” a photograph Edward Weston made in 1921, is also one of only two known prints of that image. “They’re really like rare paintings,” Ms. Weston said in a telephone interview from her home in Carmel.

“I’ve always been a collector at heart,” she added. “I have a lot on my walls, but a lot in the vault. I just thought it was time to pass them on for others to enjoy.”

The sale includes 17 photographs by Adams as well as works by Carleton Watkins and Man Ray. But Ms. Weston is keeping many photographs that she said have sentimental value to her.