He spent the majority of his childhood in Chicago where he attended Oakland Grammar School. In , following the publication of his first photograph in Camera and Darkroom, Weston moved to California. He peddled his wares door to door photographing children, pets and funerals. Realizing the need for formal training, in Weston returned east and attended the Illinois College of Photography in Effingham, Illinois. He completed the month course in six months and returned to California. In , Weston moved on to the Louis A.
Victoria and Albert Museum
My Photo History
Finding a nude photograph was not so easy half a century ago. Art was one legitimate pretext for looking at nudes. The pertinent publications provided plenty of material to look at. Line and Form was one of them. In a second-hand book market I found a copy of this magazine from the early s.
Museum no. The exhibition was not only the first to take place in that part of the museum. It was in fact the first exhibition of photographs to be held in any museum. As the Museum's official photographer, Charles Thurston Thompson recorded the display with his camera, creating the earliest known photograph of a photographic exhibition. The view shows a densely-packed display of a wide range of subject matter, including portraits, landscapes, architectural views and reproductions of works of art, with even more photographs viewable through stereoscopes crammed onto tables in the middle of the room.