briefly considering a career in journalism, Morley Baer
began his artistic career as a landscape and architectural
photographer. Having seen an Edward Weston exhibition in
Chicago, Baer’s mind was made up; he was California-bound
to pursue photography and to meet Weston himself. Following
naval service during WWII, Baer returned to Carmel once
again, where Weston was still living. A close friendship
was formed between the two photographers over these years.
Baer’s work elicits a kind of intimate pleasure, evoking
in many a sense of familiarity with what may often be an
unknown land. Morley Baer represents a generation of photographers
whose aesthetic interest in the landscape was inseparable
from their love of the land itself.