Keep it Simple

The ideal print process should be invisible
written by: Al Weber

In 1980, on assignment for the Finnish Museum of Architecture, I made this photograph of Resurrection Chapel in Turku, Finland. Architect Erik Bryggman created what has become one of Finland’s proudest structures during what the Finns call the Winter War and what we know as World War II. To my taste, it is simple, but profusely elegant. The intentional quality of light and graceful, romantic carvings are but two of the buildings outstanding features. I decided to use the light that was there, with no supplementary assistance, to keep the carvings understated but visible. Existing contrast was great to the Read more »

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Foundation for Photographic Preservation

written by: Al Weber

When Carmel photographer Steve Crouch died in 1984, his work was headed for the dump. A telephone call from Huntington Witherill alerted me as to what was happening and I was able to persuade his son to let me have the whole archive. I didn’t have a clue as to what I’d do with it. Three years later I was able to talk the University of California, Santa Cruz into placing it in their Special Collections. That was the start. I found to my surprise that the majority of photographs from deceased photographers end up in the dump. Family and Read more »


Influence of Flying

written by: Al Weber

During the Korean Conflict (1950-1953), I served as an aerial observer for Marine Corps Artillery. Sometimes called “The Coldest War,” I volunteered for this, as the L-119 planes used were equipped with heaters. Flying low over the mountainous Korean landscape gave me a new perspectiv—an unexpected surprise—a visual reality in map form. This assignment opened a way of seeing from the comfort of a heated cockpit. It started me on a 50-year journey of photographing while flying in a small airplane. Released from active duty, I moved to the Monterey Peninsula, CA where I established myself as a commercial photographer, Read more »