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Weston’s work influenced many photographers such as Minor White, Paul Caponigro, Wynn Bullock, Cole Weston, and Brett Weston. In 1975 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City held a major retrospective of his work.
The centennial of Weston’s birth in 1986 was marked by three museum shows. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, exhibited 45 of his pictures. Sixty were shown at the Art Institute of Chicago. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of 237 prints. The exhibition traveled for two years to a dozen other cities, including New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. The centennial of his birth was noted on the Monterey Peninsula by two major shows as well as by a lecture and seminar by his son, photographer Cole Weston. At the Friends of Photography Gallery in Carmel, his trademark works, close-ups of seashells, the rocks and trees of Point Lobos, nudes, and sand dunes were shown. At the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art “The Monterey Photographic Tradition: The Weston Years” exhibited some 100 works by Edward Weston, his sons Brett and Cole, and others including Ansel Adams, Morley Baer, Al Weber, and Minor White. By juxtaposing photographs of similar subjects by different artists, the exhibition illustrated how the photographers influenced one another.