Saturday, October 25, 2014

Downtown Elkhart museum exhibits work of iconic photographers

An exhibit featuring photographs captured by Edward, Brett and Kim Weston is open through Oct. 6 at the Midwest Museum of American Art in downtown Elkhart.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:24 p.m.

ELKHART — More than 100 images captured by three groundbreaking photographers will be on display at the Midwest Museum of American Art in downtown Elkhart through Oct. 6.

Courtesy of a private collection, “Discovery/Rediscovery: Three Generations of the Weston Family of Photographers” is the largest exhibit of work by Edward, Brett and Kim Weston ever mounted in Indiana, according to museum curator Brian Byrn.

“Edward Weston is one of the two most influential photographers of the 20th century,” Byrn said. “Probably every photographer in America owes some debt to either Ansel Adams or Edward Weston. He was the first photographer granted a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1937. He was doing things far beyond where photography was and really brought photography into the world of fine arts.”

Edward Weston specialized in black-and-white images, including landscapes, still lifes and portraits.

“He certainly pioneered with Adams and a handful of other California photographers this idea of straight photography, photographing the world as it was,” Byrn said. “There are still photographers that follow that canon, that aesthetic.”

Edward Weston’s son, Brett Weston, and his grandson, Kim Weston, were equally as important in propelling the art of photography forward, Byrn said.

“Kim Weston recently visited the museum and just thought the exhibit was outstanding,” Byrn added.


Stacy Lankford will speak about his work in digital color photography at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the museum. The physician-turned-photographer has traveled all over the world, capturing portraits, landscapes and action shots with his camera.

“He was recently recognized at the local Taste of the Gardens exhibition, but he’s also been seen in our 23-county, juried competition, which is the largest cash award show in the state and something that local artists in general, let alone most photographers in the region, try to have their work shown in,” Byrn said.

Admission to the museum is $5 Tuesday through Sunday. Lankford’s talk is included with admission on Thursday. The museum is at 429 S. Main St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free for museum members.

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