The man known as “the great American photographer” has died at the age of 85, his family has confirmed.
Weston was born on April 14, 1934 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in the suburbs of New York City.
His father was a jazz pianist and his mother was a fashion designer.
He attended the New York Academy of Music before going on to study at the University of New Orleans and then at the New School for Social Research.
In 1968, Weston founded a photography studio in New York, but after a short stint at the Whitney Museum of American Art, he moved to Paris in 1970.
It was there that Weston met his wife, the photographer Barbara Bensimon, and they moved to London.
They settled in London and Weston began photographing animals.
His first book, ‘Fences’, was published in 1974.
A number of other publications followed, including his books ‘Photography’ and ‘Animals’.
His book ‘The Man Who Shot Mr. Pig’, a collection of his own photos, was published by HarperCollins in 1979 and was a bestseller.
But he had a falling out with the publisher in 1982, accusing the publisher of refusing to pay him the wages he had been promised.
Bensimon took over publishing duties for the book, but he eventually moved to the US in 1986 and eventually began to work as an illustrator.
Despite this, Westons career continued.
He photographed for numerous magazines including Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, Time, People and the New Yorker.
The Westons son, James, went on to become a successful actor and filmmaker.