The second son of photographer Edward Weston, Brett Weston gained proficiency with the camera at a young age, working as a developer and printer in his father’s studio and exhibiting in the acclaimed 1929 "Film und Foto" international exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, at eighteen. Like many photographers, he was attracted to the industrial landscape, with its geometric forms and impressive sense of scale and repetition. Shooting from unusual angles or isolating objects from their larger context, Weston was able to focus on the abstract play of shapes. In this work, he transforms a scene of stacked water pipes into a kaleidoscope-like view of intersecting arcs and circles.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in pencil on print, verso, LR: "Brett Weston - // [illegible, crossed out] California 1927"
Felipe & Mona Teixidor, Mexico City; [Prakapas Gallery, Bronxville, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (July 17, 1979)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Images of America: Precisionist Paintings and Modernist Photography," September 9, 1982–November 7, 1982.
Compare cat. no. 151, pl. 58 in Images of America, Precisionist Paintings and Modernist Photography (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1982); this untitled image representing water pipes seen from above is described in parentheses as "Pipes No. 5" and is also dated 1927; both it and the Met's image could represent the same site/objects seen from different vantage points.