Weston was born in 1886 in Highland Park, Illinois.
When he was sixteen years old his father gave
him a Kodak Bulls-Eye #2 camera and he began
to photograph at his aunt's farm and in Chicago
parks. In 1903 Weston first had his photographs
exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute.
signature photographic style did not emerge
until a three-year stay in Mexico in 1923. There,
the brilliant light seemed to demand a sharply
focused image, and this influence, combined
with the impact of modernist painting and the
revolutionary photographs of Paul Strand and
Charles Sheeler, led Weston to create the precise
images whether portraits, still-lifes, nudes,
or landscapes for which he became known.