Edward Weston was a key figure in the history of photography, and the Getty is particularly well-situated for presenting a broad, representative selection of his works. Some 150 pictures span this exhibition, taken largely from the museum's holdings, though rounded out by loans from other sources. What comes across is the scope of Weston's photographic production, spanning from the 1900s through the 1940s and, geographically, from California to Mexico and on through the rest of the United States.

Weston's aesthetic is deliberately pure, straight-shooting, with a crisp angle on everyday subjects, avoiding social commentary and politics in favor of a "personal" aesthetic view. After an early pictorialist approach, Weston spent much of the late 1920s and early 1930s photographing studio-composed still lifes, which were the perfect expression of his meticulous art. Though he broadened out in the late 1930s, there was always an unwavering air of "coherency" to his compositions. Sharp pleasures for the eye.