Photography

Cunningham, Imogen (1883 - 1976)

Imogen Cunningham became a professional photographer in her twenties, becoming a rare woman to open a successful studio in 1910. Her early pictorial works diffused poetic and soft atmospheres before her passion for flowers would make her adopt a sharper modernist manner as she shot everything that ‘could be exposed to light’ from conceptual still lives to artists such as Frida Kahlo or Martha Graham. Capturing the intimacy of her floral subjects, the American photographer created exalted, sensuous almost erotic photographies that would evoke her audacious sophisticated and organic nudes. Imogen Cunningham also revolutionized the art of portraiture. She who was leading a bohemian existence with her husband Roi Patridge, soon became the rich and famous’s favorite when she was remarked by Vanity Fair for her sleek portraits and was commissioned to depict Hollywood stars without any make-up on, ‘transforming them into human beings, not gods.’ Thus, full of humour, when Vanity Fair asked whom she would prefer to photograph, Imogen Cunningham answered ‘Ugly men’. Well, among the ugly men she thus represented were such figures as...Cary Grant, Gary Cooper or Spencer Tracy.

Imogen Cunningham, Frida Kahlo, 1931
Imogen Cunningham, Frida Kahlo, 1931
Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz
Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz
Imogen Cunningham, Amanda and Child, 1934
Imogen Cunningham, Amanda and Child, 1934
Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor, 1939
Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor, 1939
Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather, 1922
Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather, 1922
Imogen Cunningham, Irene
Imogen Cunningham, Irene "Bobby" Libarry, 1976
Imogen Cunningham, Isaac Burns Cunningham, c. 1923
Imogen Cunningham, Isaac Burns Cunningham, c. 1923
Imogen Cunningham, Isaac Burns Cunningham and Susan Elizabeth Cunningham, 1934
Imogen Cunningham, Isaac Burns Cunningham and Susan Elizabeth Cunningham, 1934
Imogen Cunningham, Morris Graves in his Leek Garden, 1973
Imogen Cunningham, Morris Graves in his Leek Garden, 1973
Imogen Cunningham, My Father at 90, 1936
Imogen Cunningham, My Father at 90, 1936
Imogen Cunningham, Nun at Sacred Heart, Oakwood, 1976
Imogen Cunningham, Nun at Sacred Heart, Oakwood, 1976
Imogen Cunningham, Portrait of a Young Woman, 1939
Imogen Cunningham, Portrait of a Young Woman, 1939
Imogen Cunningham, Dream, 1910
Imogen Cunningham, Dream, 1910
Imogen Cunningham, Roi Partridge with Shadow of a Hand, 1922
Imogen Cunningham, Roi Partridge with Shadow of a Hand, 1922
Imogen Cunningham, Rummage Sale, 1949
Imogen Cunningham, Rummage Sale, 1949
Imogen Cunningham, Self-portrait with Morris Graves II, 1973
Imogen Cunningham, Self-portrait with Morris Graves II, 1973
Imogen Cunningham, Susan Elizabeth Johnson Cunningham, c. 1923
Imogen Cunningham, Susan Elizabeth Johnson Cunningham, c. 1923
Imogen Cunningham, Three Heads and Four Hands, 1964
Imogen Cunningham, Three Heads and Four Hands, 1964
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