Dody Weston Thompson

1923 – 2012

Dody Weston Thompson’s (1923-2012) interest in the arts was kindled at the legendary Black Mountain College which she attended from 1941-1943. Many of her faculty members were former Bauhaus instructors and stressed “Simplicity and Functionality”. In 1946 she attended an Edward Weston Retrospective exhibition organized by Beaumont and Nancy Newhall at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  She was transfixed by his imagery. In 1947 she sought out Edward Weston and soon became an apprentice of his. Besides working closely with Edward Weston, she also assisted Ansel Adams and collaborated with Brett Weston whom she later married. The California photographic community recognized her photographic works and she was included by the remaining members of Group f64 in an “emerging” photography exhibition in 1949.

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