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There is a relatively unpublicized exhibit of Weston's work going on at the Los Angeles Public Library Central Branch, entitled "Life Work." It continues through 3/17/02. I went there yesterday over the lunch hour. The good news is that you can walk in on Flower Street, go up a flight of stairs, and be in a room (essentially alone, there were three of us) with 100 vintage Weston prints, including ones from early in his carrier which are very rarely on display. The bad news is that the lighting in most of the gallery is so dim that it is very difficult to really see the prints. Prints are often mounted so that the lights illuminate the space between them (just missed?). I was showing my companions his work for the first time and this twilight presentation made it difficult. Several times I got out my keychain LED light, shone it on a print and heard the other two say: "Wow." The photo of young Neil sleeping on the couch, for example, looked like something piled on something else without some additional help from the flashlight. For many of the prints, Zone IV looks like Zone I due to the lighting, which is frustrating. All that being said, I'm certainly going to go back. There's a lot of "wow" there, even in the dark.

-- Kevin Crisp (KRCrisp@aol.com), December 19, 2001


Early in his "carrier?" Don't tell Nigel.

-- Kevin Crisp (KRCrisp@aol.com), December 19, 2001.

LOL.. didn't even notice it Kevin. Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family.

-- Nigel Turner (npturner@earthlink.net), December 19, 2001.

Thanks for the info Kevin. I'm headed to LA tomorrow to visit relatives over the holidays. I'll try my best to catch the exhibit.

-- Scott Bacon (sbacon@naturalorderphoto.com), December 19, 2001.

Me too. Thanks.

-- Jim Galli (jimgalli@lnett.com), December 19, 2001.

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