An Interview with Kim Weston
To many, including some close photographer friends, Black-and-White is the very definition of photography. Kim Weston is an iconic master of the Black-and-White photography art. Kim has been a fine art nude photographer for over 30 years. He is a third-generation member of one of the most important and creative families in photography.
Kim learned his craft assisting his father Cole in the darkroom making gallery prints from his grandfather Edward’s original negatives. Kim also worked for many years as an assistant to his uncle Brett, whose bold, abstract photographs rank as some of the finest examples of the art form. Quite an excellent education, if you ask me!
Kim Weston’s first camera was a Rolleiflex. As he got older he photographed with a 4×5 Linhof ( a gift from his uncle Brett), then he switched to a 8×10 Calumet. He now uses an 8×10 Arca Swiss. Lately, Kim has been photographing with a medium format camera, a Mamiya 67, that he inherited from his father Cole Weston.
His main body of work consists of silver gelatin contact prints made from 6×7 (56mm x 69mm), 4×5 and 8×10 negatives. In addition to the 8×10 format he prints in 11×14 and 16×20 sizes. He also prints in Platinum and lately he has added paint to his photographs.
Kim and his wife, Gina, live at Wildcat Hill, the former home of Edward Weston where they specialize in teaching several unique photography workshops throughout the year. Kim is an educator and a mentor to young photographers. The Weston Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 to support high school and college students studying fine art photography in Monterey County. To read more about it …. Weston Scholarship
Recently, in addition to a series of tutorials on digital Black-and-White printing, Epson filmed and produced two in-depth interviews from two photographic icons, both working with traditional Black-and-White tools. The first of these icons was John Sexton, who we profiled with our story last week. The second is Kim Weston, grandson of Edward Weston. Journey to the home of Edward Weston and see his original darkroom. Then listen to his grandson Kim talk about his photographic heritage workshops and his own highly collected traditional Black-and-White work.
Kim Weston Interview Part One
Kim Weston Interview Part Two
Kim Weston Interview Part Three
Kim Weston Interview Part Four
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