Edward Weston (1886-1958) was born in Highland Park, Illinois. He received his first camera from his father at the age of 18. From 1908 to 1911, he attended the Illinois College of Photography. Between 1911 and 1922, Weston operated his own studio in Tropico, California. During this period, he was noted for his soft-focus, Pictoralist style. The 1915 San Francisco World Fair was a turning point for Weston and by 1920, he had shifted to creating semi-abstract, sharp-focused images.