Edward Weston
Pepper No. 30, 1930

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Pepper No. 30
Artist name
Edward Weston
Date created
gelatin silver print
9 1/2 × 7 9/16 in. (24.1 × 19.2 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Mrs. Drew Chidester
© 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

Audio Stories

Weston’s thoughts on photographing peppers

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NARRATOR: On August 8, 1930, Edward Weston wrote enthusiastically in his daybook about his latest discovery: a pepper! 


NARRATOR READS FROM DAYBOOKI could wait no longer to print them, my new peppers, so I put aside several orders, and yesterday afternoon had an exciting time with seven new negatives. 


First I printed my favorite, the one made last Saturday, August 2, just as the light was failing. 


It is classic, completely satisfying — a pepper, but more than a pepper: abstract, in that it is completely outside subject matter. It has no psychological attributes, no human emotions are aroused: this new pepper takes one beyond the world we know in the conscious mind. 


To be sure much of my work has this quality. Many of my last year’s peppers, but this one, and in fact all the new ones, take one into an inner reality — the absolute — with a clear understanding, a mystic revealment. This is the “significant presentation” that I mean, the presentation through one’s intuitive self, seeing “through one’s eyes, not with them”: the visionary. 


My recent work more than ever indicates my future.

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