Judy Dater, "Imogen & Twinka, Yosemite, 1974"
8x10 inch gelatin silver photograph handade by the artist, signed and numbered
Imogen Cunningham is renowned as one of the greatest
American women photographers. In 1901, having sent away $15 for
her first camera, she commenced what would become the longest
photographic career in the history of the medium.
Cunningham soon turned her attention to both the nude as well
as native plant forms in her back garden. The results were staggering;
an amazing body of work comprised of bold, contemporary forms.
These works are characterized by a visual precision that is not
scientific, but which presents the lines and textures of her subjects
articulated by natural light and their own gestures. Her refreshing,
yet formal and sensitive floral images from the 1920s ultimately
became her most acclaimed images.
Cunningham also had an intuitive command of portraiture but her
real artistic legacy was secured though her inclusion in the "F64"
show in San Francisco in 1932. With a small group of photographers
which included Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, she pioneered the
renewal of photography on the West Coast.
Awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, Cunninghams work continues
to be exhibited and collected around the world.