This classic monograph, first issued as a hardcover volume in 1965, began its life in 1958 as a monographic issue of Aperture magazine published in celebration of Weston¬ís life. Drawing on a decades-long collaboration between the photographer and Nancy Newhall, Aperture cofounder and early MoMA curator, this volume brings together a sequence of images and excerpts from Weston¬ís writing in an effort to channel the photographer¬ís spirit of creativity and, in his own words, ¬ìpresent clearly my feeling for life with photographic beauty . . . without subterfuge or evasion in spirit or technique.¬î Now, fifty years later, Aperture is pleased to present a reissue of this volume, which covers the range of Weston¬ís greatest works. Accompanying and amplifying the images are Weston¬ís own thoughts, excerpted from his now-famed Daybooks and letters. Others who contributed to the making of the book include two of the artist¬ís sons, Brett and Cole, and two other Aperture cofounders: filmmaker and author Dody Weston Thompson and photographer Ansel Adams, whose essay on the jacket offers a posthumous tribute to a remarkable artist and his oeuvre. A brief bibliography as well as a chronology offer further insight into the life and work of this giant of twentieth-century photography.