Sunday, November 29, 2009

Charis Wilson... A True Beauty

Charis Wilson, 95, who inspired photographer Edward Weston during an 11-year relationship and posed for many of his pictures, died Friday in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Ms. Wilson was Weston's model, muse, and companion from 1934 to 1945. She appeared in more than half of Weston's nudes, including his best-known pieces, Floating Nude and Nude in the Doorway.

She wrote about Weston's photography and helped him with writing assignments, including an application for a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1937, he was the first art photographer to be awarded the grant.

The couple hit the road with the fellowship money and cowrote California and the West, which included about 100 photographs. They separated in 1945.

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