Sand Dunes, Oceano, California



Image/Sheet: 19.0 x 24.2 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.) Mount: 35.0 x 40.6 cm (13 3/4 x 16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View


Americas, Photography



Edward Weston’s extensive 1936 series of the dunes in Oceano, California, focuses on line and pattern, in this case the sinuous lines and rolling shapes created by the wind and tides on the sand. He and his fellow Bay Area photographers were early proponents of the large-format cameras and small aperture settings that produced maximum image sharpness and great depth of field. As a result, Weston’s contact prints of his Oceano views possess a sparkling clarity in the highlights and a tonal richness in the shadows that transform the flowing topography into a stunning visual puzzle that is at once highly detailed yet very abstract.


On verso in pencil: title, date photographer's name (in photographer's hand) and 3150


Stephen T. Rose, Coconut Grove, FL; purchased by MFA April 1983.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund