Edward Weston (American, 1886–1968) took up photography in 1902 and in 1907 entered the Illinois College of Photography. He then opened a portrait photography studio in Tropico, California and dabbled in photographic works inspired by Pictorialism. In the early 1920s he met Alfred Stieglitz, who supported Weston in developing a modern, objective visual language that Weston used for photographic studies of the body and forms found in nature. Weston participated in the 1929 Film und Foto exhibition in Stuttgart after being recommended by the architect Richard Neutra. He was charter member of the group f/64 (1932). In 1937 Weston was the first photographer to receive a grant from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Museum of Modern Art, New York exhibited a retrospective of his work in 1946.