Kim Weston (photographer)

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Kim Weston (born 1953) is an American photographer known for his fine art nude studies.

Kim Weston is a third-generation member of one of the most important and influential families in modern photography. His recognition as a singularly creative artist and photographer continues a family legacy that traces its roots back to his grandfather Edward Weston, one of the true visionaries in the history of the photographic medium, as well as his uncle Brett Weston, who achieved international fame as a master of black and white abstract photography.

Kim’s father Cole Weston is also recognized as a pioneer in large-format fine art color photography, and it was while working as a darkroom assistant for his father, who produced numerous gallery prints from Edward Weston’s original negatives, that Kim first learned the craft of photography. Kim further refined and mastered the craft of fine art black and white photography working as an assistant to his uncle Brett.

In a career spanning four decades, Kim Weston has come to be recognized in his own right as one of the most insightful and accomplished practitioners of figurative/nude photography, producing an extensive and masterful portfolio of work that draws deeply, yet expands upon the traditions and canon of the nude in classical and modern European art.[1]

Nude in Cactus by Kim Weston
"Nude in Cactus" © 1999 Kim Weston Photography

Artist's Statement[edit]

"I make pictures which are meant to be direct and truthful.

I do not explain or rationalize this work or my passion for it.

I leave it to the viewer to find the surprises.

I hope the work generates feelings; otherwise I have failed."[2]


Kim learned his craft assisting his father, Cole Weston, in the darkroom making gallery prints from the original negatives of his grandfather, Edward Weston. Kim also worked for many years as an assistant to his uncle, Brett Weston, whose bold, abstract photographs ranked him as the "child genius of American photography".[3]

Medium and Equipment[edit]

Kim Weston’s first photographed using a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex (TLR) camera. When Kim reached his twenty’s, his main camera was a large format 4x5 Linhof - a gift from his uncle Brett Weston. He used this camera for many years with the focus shifting from photographing rocks and trees in the traditional Weston style to Nude Figure studies. In his thirties Kim switched to a large format 8x10 Calumet that was given to him by his father Cole. His studio nudes were becoming quite complex. Often telling stories of his life in each series.[4] Kim now photographs with the Mamiya 67 he inherited from his father Cole Weston.[5] Now in his sixties, Kim is mostly working with a medium format Mamiya RB 67. He describes it as his “camera with wings” He loves the format as it can be enlarged to a perfect 16x20. He prints 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20. He still develops his own work, prints in the darkroom and does all of his finishing work himself.[4][5][6]


Kim Weston lives on Wildcat Hill, the former home of Edward Weston, with his wife Gina where he teaches several photography workshops every year.

In addition, Kim is an educator and a mentor to young photographers having founded the Weston Scholarship Fund (now The Weston Collective) in 2004 to support high school and college students studying fine-art, black and white, film photography in Monterey County.[5]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

"Collector Prints." EXPOSED Gallery, Carmel, CA. August, 2016.[7][8][9]

"New Work by Kim Weston." EXPOSED Gallery, Carmel, CA. June 2016[10]

“Kim Weston Photographs.” Timeless Gallery, Beijing, China. November 2014.[11]

“Silver Gelatin and Painted Photographs.” Red Door Gallery, Mt. Shasta, CA. October 2012.

“Painted Photographs.” Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA. June 2012

“Painted Ballerinas.” Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles CA. July 2011[12][13]

“Painted Ballerinas.” Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA. December 2010.[14]

“Legacy: The Work of Kim Weston.” Arts & Architecture Gallery, Ottawa, CAN. September – October 2010.[15]

“New Work.” Exposed Gallery, Carmel, CA. May 2010.[16]

“Painted Photographs.” Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles CA. February 2009.[6]

“Painted Photographs.” Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA. January 2008.[17]

Kim Weston. Center for Photographic Arts. Carmel, CA. 1997.

Kim Weston. Camera Obscura Gallery. Denver, CO. February – March, 1988.

Kim Weston. Weston Gallery. Carmel, CA. April – May, 1987


Joint and Group Exhibitions[edit]

“Under the Andalusian Sky.” Fundación Valentín de Madariaga. Sevilla, May - July Spain 2016[18]

"Four Generations of Weston: Black and White." Viewpoint Gallery. Sacramento CA. April - June 2016[19]

"The Westons." Scott Nichols Gallery. San Francisco CA, February - August 2016[20]

“Grotteschi | Exploring Hieronymus Bosch.” Visual Arts Gallery, Carmel, CA. October 2015.

“Photo Shanghai” Timeless Gallery, Beijing, Shanghia. September 2015.[21]

“Bajo El Cielo Andaluz.” Casa Degli Italini, Barcelona, Spain. September 2015.

“Journey of the Heart: Exhibition of Straight Photography Original Prints 1839-2014.”

National Museum of China, Beijing, China. November 2014

“Between the Shadows.” Galerie a La Riviere, Paris, France. 2014

“All That Glitters is Not Gold.” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ. November 2014.

“10 Years at Wildcat.” The Loft Gallery, San Pedro, CA. August 2014.

“Weston Four Generations 1886-2014.” Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA. March 2014.

“3 Generation Weston Photography Exhibition.” Kuusamo XVIII Nature Photo Festival, Kuusamo, Finland 2013.

“3 Generations of The Weston Family of Photographers.” Midwest Museum of Art, Elkhart, IN. 2013.

“4 Generations of Weston Photography.” Sang K Jun Arts and Science Gallery, Santa Clara, CA. 2013.

“The Weston Family Show.” Open Shutter Gallery Durango, CO. December 2011 – February 2012.

“Miniature Show.” Exposed Gallery, Carmel, CA. November 2011.

“Pure Photography, Post Production and Mixed Media.” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ. April – August 2011.

Kim Weston “”Under the Influence: The Essence of Edward Weston in Contemporary Photography” Crowell’s Fine Art Gallery and Fine Framing, New Bedford, MA. July 2011.

Kim Weston, Brett Weston and Randy Efros. 422 Framing + Gallery, Phoenix, AZ. February 2011.

“Three Generations of Weston.” The Gallery at the Creative Center for Photography, Hollywood, CA. September – December, 2007.

“Edward and Kim Weston Fotographs.” Centro Fotograpfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Mexico. October, 2007.

“40th Anniversary Show.” Center for Photographic Art. Carmel, CA. November 2007.

“Painted Photographs: A Collaboration.” Kim Weston and Reed Farrington. PK Fine Artifacts, Sand City, CA. November, 2006.

“Painted Photographs: A Collaboration.” Kim Weston and Reed Farrington. The Gallery of the Blackstone Winery, Hartnell College, Gonzales, CA. August – November 2006.

“The Noble Metals: Platinum and Palladium.” Group. International Hall of Fame and Museum: Main Gallery with The Oklahoma Arts Council. Oklahoma, OK. April – July 2005.

Kim Weston and Randy Efros with Workshop Participants. Bentley Gallery Projects, Phoenix, AZ. November, 2003.

Kim Weston and Gifford Ewing. Shaw Jewelry. Northeast Harbor, ME, 2003.

“Mixed Media Show: Paintings, Photographs and Painted Photographs.” Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA. November 1999.

“Three Generations of Westons.” Pacific Grove Art Center. Pacific Grove, CA. 1999.

“Unpainted to the Last. Moby Dick in American Art, 1940-1990.” The Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas. Fall, 1994

“Illuminated Artifice: Masks, Facades, Tableaux Photography.” Kim Weston, Winston Boyer and Sandy Skoglund. Brendan Walter Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. June – July, 1991.

“Edward – Cole – Kim Weston: Three Generations of American Photography.” German Tour: 13 museums and cities. By Institut fur Kulturaustausch on behalf of The German – American Institute and The Wichita State University. June 1989 – May 1991.

Kim Weston and Tony Marsh. Pacific Grove Art Center. Pacific Grove, CA. September 1990.

Ulrich Museum. Wichita, KS. November, 1988 – January 1989.

Pacific Grove Art Center. Monterey, CA. April – May, 1987.

Monterey Peninsula Gallery. Monterey, CA. 1987.

“A Weston Retrospective – Three Generations of Westons.” The Camera Obscura Gallery. Denver, CO. November – December, 1986.

Commune e Pro Loco di Colorno. Colorno – Parma, Italy. May – June, 1985.

Focus Gallery. San Francisco, CA. March – April, 1985.

“The Weston Eye: Edward, Cole, Brett and Kim” Equivalents Gallery. Seattle, WA. April, 1985.

“Weston: Three Generations of Photography.” The Photographer’s Gallery of Palo Alto. October – November, 1983.

“The Photographs of Kim Weston, David Sklar and Gary Rusk.” The Gold Room Gallery, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ. January – February 1983.

“Recent Work.” Kim Weston and Randy Efros. Photography Southwest Gallery. Scottsdale, AZ. November, 1982.

Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan. July – August, 1982.

Zenith Gallery. Pittsburg, PA. 1982.

Brooks Institute. Santa Barbara, CA. May, 1980.

Jeb Gallery. Providence, RI. April – May, 1980.

Albright-Knox Member’s Gallery. Buffalo, NY. October – November, 1978.

The Gilbert Gallery. Chicago, IL. March – April, 1978.



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  13. ^ "Duncan Miller Gallery". Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  14. ^ Staff. "None". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
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  • Buchsteiner, Thomas. Edward Cole Kim Weston: Three Generations of American Photography. Schaffhausen: Stemmle, 1995. ISBN 3-905514-40-0.
  • Kim Weston, Ballet 2007 Calendar, 2006
  • Kim Weston by Kim Weston. Laguna Beach: FACT, 1997

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