Santa Cruz’s Charis Wilson died on Friday at the age of 95. If you don’t recognize the name, you might very well recognize the body. Charis (rhymes with “Paris” with a hard K sound) was the muse and model for the great Carmel photographer Edward Weston and many of her nude poses have become iconic imagery in the history of photography.
Wilson had a temptestuous 11-year relationship with Weston, during his most fruitful period as a photographer. We’ll post the full story of her life later today, and in Wednesday’s edition of the Sentinel.