This is number one of fifty unique portfolios that Brett put together. For the portfolios he wrote a short statement saying that he preferred his photographs to be out in the world for others to enjoy rather than in his print cabinets. Many of these photographs were the last prints that he had made of each image. A number of the photographs in this portfolio have never before been reproduced.
Roger Aikin notes in the Afterword, “No complete inventory of Brett Weston’s photographs exists, and it is unlikely that there will ever be one, because so many of his prints reside in private collections around the world, and many of those prints are unique. . . . Any attempt to document Weston’s work is also complicated by the fact that he destroyed his negatives in 1991 on the occasion of his 80th birthday.” As a consequence the reproduction of this portfolio provides the only opportunity to see these pictures.
The Vintage Collection portfolio includes a short essay by the photographer Wynn Bullock.