located on the North Shore of Chicago, Illinois
1886 Birth of Margrethe Mather: Edward's first mistress
1896 Birth, in Italy, of Tina Modotti: Edward's second mistress
1900 Birth, in Leipzig Germany, of Sonya Noskowiak:
Edwards third mistress
1902 16th birthday gift: Kodak Bull's Eye #2
1903 17 years old. Photographs exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute
1906 20 years old. Photograph published in a photography magazine
1906 20 years old. Moved from Illinois to Southern California
Los Angeles door-to-door photographer of kids + pets
1907 21 years old. Illinois College of Photography, Effingham, IL
1908 22 years old. A retoucher in an L.A. portrait studio
1909 23 years old. Married Flora May Chandler
1910 24 years old. Opened first photo studio in Tropico / Glendale
1910 24 years old. Birth of first son, Edward Chandler / "Chan"
1911 25 years old. Birth of second son, Theodore Brett / "Brett"
1912 26 years old. Edward met Margrethe Mather
Margrethe = studio assistant and favorite model for 10 years
until 1923 when he went to Mexico with Tina Modotti
1914 Birth of fourth mistress and future wife, Charis Wilson
1915 Commenced writing his "Daybooks"
Later the earliest years of writing were destroyed
1916 Birth of third son, Lawrence Neil / "Neil"
1919 Birth of fourth son, Cole
1919 Met Italian actress, Tina Modotti
1920 Italian actress, Tina Modotti, in the Hollywood movie
"The Tiger's Coat"
1921 Italian actress, Tina Modotti, in the Hollywood movie
"Riding with Death" - Fox Film Corp
1921 Margrethe Mather ceases apprenticeship and becomes
full partner in the Tropico (Glendale) portrait studio.
Portraits signed by both Weston + Mather
1921 Margarethe Mather replaced by Tina Modotti as his
favorite model and lover
1922 Tina Modotti's common-law husband organized an
exhibit of Edward's photos at the Academy of Fine Arts
in Mexico City
1922 Weston met Stieglitz in Alfred's gallery in New York City
1922 Italian actress, Tina Modotti, in the Hollywood movie
"I Can Explain" - Pathe
1923 Burned all his early "Daybooks" (1915-1923) thereby
destroying all references to his first lover, Margrethe Mather
1923 Leaves wife, Flora, and the four boys at home while
living with Tina Modotti in his Tropico portrait studio
1923 Edward + his oldest son, 13 year old Chandler follow
Tina Modotti to Mexico City. Three younger sons with wife,
Flora, in L.A. Befriended the leading Mexican muralists
Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros as well as expatriates Count
Rene d'Harnoncourt (later to become the director of the
Museum of Modern Art in New York City) and the French painter,
1924 After a year and a half in Mexico, Edward + his first son,
Chandler, return to Los Angeles
1925 Edward returns to Mexico taking 14 year old Brett with him.
Leaves Chandler in L.A. with Flora and the two youngest sons
1927 Edward is back in Glendale with Flora + sons
1928 Edward left Flora again and moved to San Francisco
1929 Edward met SF/Carmel photographer Johan Hagemeyer's
assistant, Sonya Noskowiak
1929 Edward moved to Carmel
1929 Edward lived with Sonya Noskowiak - his lover. model,
-35 student, printer and surrogate mother to his sons
1932 Edward Weston co-founded Group f/64 with:
- Ansel Adams
- Imogen Cunningham
- John Paul Edwards
- Sonya Noskowiak (Edward's then-mistress)
- Henry Swift
- Willard Van Dyke
Other photographers were invited to exhibit with "The Seven"
Other photographers invited to be displayed with the first exhibit
(at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum) of f/64 were:
- Preston Holder
- Consuella Kanaga
- Alma Lavenson
- Brett Weston (Edward's second son)
1934 Charis Wilson moved in with Edward
1936 Former mistress, Sonya Noskowiak, and Edward
were two of the eight photographers selected for the
California region of the Federal Arts Project
1937 Awarded the Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship
the first Guggenheim awarded to a photographer
1939 Married Charis Wilson
1945 "Charis is in Reno getting a divorce.
Cole is in L.A. getting a new Chevrolet"
1946 MOMA/NY Retrospective - 300 prints
1946 Onset of Parkinson's Disease
1948 Due to Parkinson's Disease
shot his last images (Point Lobos)
1952 Publication of a 50th-anniversary portfolio
(these images were printed by his son, Brett)
1952 Sons, Brett + Cole, with the assistance of Brett's wife,
-55 Dody Warren (with Edward's supervision) printed the
Project Prints - a series of 10 prints from 800+ negatives
considered to be his lifetime best.
1956 "The World of Edward Weston" at the Smithsonian.
1958 Death at age 71 in his house on Wildcat Hill in the
Carmel Highlands. His ashes were scattered in the
Pacific Ocean at Pebbly Beach at Point Lobos.
Instructed that no photo be sold for less than $30.
2008 Sotheby's auctioned a photograph printed by Edward
to a New York art dealer for $1,600,000.00