American, 1886-1958. Edward Henry Weston has been called "one of the most innovative and influential American photographers..." and is concidered a master of 20th century photography. The photographs Shell (1927), and Pepper No. 30 (1930), exemplify Weston’s ability to transform landscapes, portraits, and still lifes into visual puzzles. “The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh,” the artist once stated. His works are held in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.