Kim Weston is a fine art photographer from California who specializes in nude photography. Weston was born to one of the most influential and creative families in American history and has been making fine-art nude photographs for over 35 years.
Kim learned his craft assisting his father, Cole Weston, in the darkroom making gallery prints from the original negatives of his grandfather, Edward Weston. Kim also worked for many years as an assistant to his uncle, Brett Weston, whose bold, abstract photographs ranked him as the "child genius of American photography."
Kim Weston's largest body of work consists of silver gelatin prints made from 6×7 (56mm x 69mm), 4×5, and 8×10 negatives. In addition to the 8×10 format he prints in 11×14 and 16×20 sizes. He also prints in Platinum and lately he has added paint to his photographs.
Kim Weston’s first photographed using a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex (TLR) camera, later transitioning to a 4×5 Linhof (a gift from his uncle Brett ), then switching to an 8×10 Calumet, followed by an 8×10 Arca Swiss, and now using a Mamiya 67 which he inherited from his father Cole Weston.
Kim Weston lives on Wildcat Hill, the former home of Edward Weston, with his wife Gina where he teaches several nude photography workshops every year.
In addition, Kim is an educator and a mentor to young photographers having founded the Weston Scholarship Fund (now The Weston Collective) in 2004 to support high school and college students studying fine-art, black and white, film photography in Monterey County.
One Man Exhibitions
"Collector Prints." EXPOSED Gallery, Carmel, CA. August, 2016.
"New Work by Kim Weston." EXPOSED Gallery, Carmel, CA. June 2016
“Kim Weston Photographs.” Timeless Gallery, Beijing, China. November 2014.
“Silver Gelatin and Painted Photographs.” Red Door Gallery, Mt. Shasta, CA. October 2012.
“Painted Photographs.” Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA. June 2012
“Painted Ballerinas.” Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles CA. July 2011
“Painted Ballerinas.” Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA. December 2010.
“Legacy: The Work of Kim Weston.” Arts & Architecture Gallery, Ottawa, CAN. September-October 2010.
“New Work.” Exposed Gallery, Carmel, CA. May 2010.
“Painted Photographs.” Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles CA. February 2009.
“Painted Photographs.” Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA. January 2008.
Kim Weston. Center for Photographic Arts. Carmel, CA. 1997.
Kim Weston. Camera Obscura Gallery. Denver, CO. February – March, 1988.
Kim Weston. Weston Gallery. Carmel, CA. April – May, 1987.
Notable collectors of Kim Weston's photographs
New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester; 2017
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey CA; 2016
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; 2015
National Museum of China, Beijing, China; 2014
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; 2014, 2011
Kirmo Wilen, Kirkkonummi, Finland.
Robert Weingarten, Malibu, CA.
Margaret Weston, Carmel, CA.
University of Santa Cruz Library (Special Collections), Santa Cruz, CA.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; 2010.
University of Texas at Austin (Humanities Research Center), Austin, TX; December 1996.
Joint and Group Exhibitions
"Depth of Field." Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California. April 14th - May 20th 2018
"Weston 4 Generations: Classics of Modern American Photography." Kunsträume grenzenlos, Eisenstein, Germany. July - September 2017
"Weston: 4 Generations." VB-Valokuvakeskus Photographic Center, Kuopio, Finland. March - May 2017
“Under the Andalusian Sky.” Fundación Valentín de Madariaga. Sevilla, Spain. May – July 2016
"Four Generations of Weston: Black and White." Viewpoint Gallery.
Sacramento, CA. April – June 2016
"The Westons." Scott Nichols Gallery. San Francisco. CA. February – August 2016
“Grotteschi | Exploring Hieronymus Bosch.” Visual Arts Gallery, Carmel, CA. October 2015.
“Photo Shanghai” Timeless Gallery, Beijing, Shanghia. September 2015.
“Bajo El Cielo Andaluz.” Casa Degli Italini, Barcelona, Spain. September 2015.
“Journey of the Heart: Exhibition of Straight Photography Original Prints 1839 – 2014.”
National Museum of China, Beijing, China. November 2014
“Between the Shadows.” Galerie a La Riviere, Paris, France. 2014
“All That Glitters is Not Gold.” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ. November 2014.
“10 Years at Wildcat.” The Loft Gallery, San Pedro, CA. August 2014.
“Weston Four Generations 1886-2014.” Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA. March 2014.
“3 Generation Weston Photography Exhibition.” Kuusamo XVIII Nature Photo Festival, Kuusamo, Finland 2013.
“3 Generations of The Weston Family of Photographers.” Midwest Museum of Art, Elkhart, IN. 2013.
“4 Generations of Weston Photography.” Sang K Jun Arts and Science Gallery, Santa Clara, CA. 2013.
“The Weston Family Show.” Open Shutter Gallery Durango, CO. December 2011 – February 2012.
“Miniature Show.” Exposed Gallery, Carmel, CA. November 2011.
“Pure Photography, Post Production and Mixed Media.” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ. April – August 2011.
Kim Weston “”Under the Influence: The Essence of Edward Weston in Contemporary Photography” Crowell’s Fine Art Gallery and Fine Framing, New Bedford, MA. July 2011.
Kim Weston, Brett Weston and Randy Efros. 422 Framing + Gallery, Phoenix, AZ. February 2011.
“Three Generations of Weston.” The Gallery at the Creative Center for Photography, Hollywood, CA. September – December, 2007.
“Edward and Kim Weston Fotographs.” Centro Fotograpfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Mexico. October, 2007.
“40th Anniversary Show.” Center for Photographic Art. Carmel, CA. November 2007.
“Painted Photographs: A Collaboration.” Kim Weston and Reed Farrington. PK Fine Artifacts, Sand City, CA. November, 2006.
“Painted Photographs: A Collaboration.” Kim Weston and Reed Farrington. The Gallery of the Blackstone Winery, Hartnell College, Gonzales, CA. August – November 2006.
“The Noble Metals: Platinum and Palladium.” Group. International Hall of Fame and Museum: Main Gallery with The Oklahoma Arts Council. Oklahoma, OK. April – July 2005.
Kim Weston and Randy Efros with Workshop Participants. Bentley Gallery Projects, Phoenix, AZ. November, 2003.
Kim Weston and Gifford Ewing. Shaw Jewelry. Northeast Harbor, ME, 2003.
“Mixed Media Show: Paintings, Photographs and Painted Photographs.” Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA. November 1999.
“Three Generations of Westons.” Pacific Grove Art Center. Pacific Grove, CA. 1999.
“Unpainted to the Last. Moby Dick in American Art, 1940-1990.” The Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas. Fall, 1994
“Illuminated Artifice: Masks, Facades, Tableaux Photography.” Kim Weston, Winston Boyer and Sandy Skoglund. Brendan Walter Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. June – July, 1991.
“Edward – Cole – Kim Weston: Three Generations of American Photography.” German Tour: 13 museums and cities. By Institut fur Kulturaustausch on behalf of The German – American Institute and The Wichita State University. June 1989 – May 1991.
Kim Weston and Tony Marsh. Pacific Grove Art Center. Pacific Grove, CA. September 1990.
Ulrich Museum. Wichita, KS. November, 1988 – January 1989.
Pacific Grove Art Center. Monterey, CA. April – May, 1987.
Monterey Peninsula Gallery. Monterey, CA. 1987.
“A Weston Retrospective – Three Generations of Westons.” The Camera Obscura Gallery. Denver, CO. November – December, 1986.
Commune e Pro Loco di Colorno. Colorno – Parma, Italy. May – June, 1985.
Focus Gallery. San Francisco, CA. March – April, 1985.
“The Weston Eye: Edward, Cole, Brett and Kim” Equivalents Gallery. Seattle, WA. April, 1985.
“Weston: Three Generations of Photography.” The Photographer’s Gallery of Palo Alto. October – November, 1983.
“The Photographs of Kim Weston, David Sklar and Gary Rusk.” The Gold Room Gallery, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ. January – February 1983.
“Recent Work.” Kim Weston and Randy Efros. Photography Southwest Gallery. Scottsdale, AZ. November, 1982.
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan. July – August, 1982.
Zenith Gallery. Pittsburg, PA. 1982.
Brooks Institute. Santa Barbara, CA. May, 1980.
Jeb Gallery. Providence, RI. April – May, 1980.
Albright-Knox Member’s Gallery. Buffalo, NY. October – November, 1978.
The Gilbert Gallery. Chicago, IL. March – April, 1978.
"Four Generations of Weston Photography." Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA. February 2017.
“Photography as a Lifestyle” Arts Habitat, The Museum of Monterey, Monterey, CA. August 2014.
“Growing up Weston.” Kuusamo XVIII Nature Photo Festival, Kuusamo, Finland 2013.
“Growing up Weston.” Paul’s Photo, Torrance, CA. January 2013.
“Painted Photographs.” Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA. June 2012.
“Growing up Weston.” Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO. May 2012.
“Growing up Weston.” Wildcat Hill, Carmel, CA. March 18 & 19, 2011.
“In gallery talk about Brett Weston.” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ. February 2011.
“Growing up Weston.” California State University Monterey Bay, Marina, CA. February, 2011.
“Growing up Weston.” La Mirada Museum, Monterey, CA. September, 2009.
“Kim Weston, A Grandson’s Journey.” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ. December, 2008.
“Kim Weston, Photographer.” Santa Fe, NM. October 2008.
“Life and Work of Brett Weston.” In conjunction with Brett Weston exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, TX. 2007.
“Kim Weston: Life Work.” Alternative Photo International Symposium & Santa Fe PhotoArts Market. Santa Fe. 2007.
“Edward Weston.” In conjunction with Edward Weston exhibit at The Getty Museum. Los Angeles, CA. 2007.
“Kim Weston Life Work.” Amigo del Sol Language School. Oaxaca, Mexico. 2005.
Featured Artist. First Mondays Art Salon at Burton Barr Central Library. Phoenix, AZ. November, 2003.
“Edward Weston: A Legacy.” In conjunction with Edward Weston exhibit at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. San Marino, CA. September, 2003.
Lecture, Rangeview High School Art Department, Aurora, CO. November 1987.