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Imogen Cunningham


PhotoUtopia Intro: A founding member of the F64 group, along with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston; a group who championed a ‘straight’, modernist approach to photography; partly in reaction against the painterly approach of the european Pictorialists, in particular the Linked Ring founded by Henry Peach Robinson. The F64 group used the maximum available aperture to capture crisp sharply focused images. Cunningham’s work is exquisitely composed and lit. There is a simplicity to her images, allowing the subject matter to stand out, free from overt artistry. See also Robert Mapplethorpe who’s portfolio share many attributes with Cunningham.


Imogen Cunningham (April 12, 1883 – June 24, 1976) was an American photographer known for her photography of botanicals, nudes and industry.
In 1914 Cunningham's portraits were shown at “An International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography” in New York and a portfolio of her work was published in Wilson's Photographic Magazine.
In 1929, Edward Weston nominated 10 of Cunningham's photos (8 botanical, 1 industrial and 1 nude) for inclusion in the "Film und Foto" exhibition in Stuttgart. Cunningham once again changed direction to become more interested in the human form, particularly hands (and a further fascination with the hands of artists and musicians). This interest led to her employment by Vanity Fair, photographing stars without make-up or false glamour. In 1932, with this unsentimental, straightforward approach in mind, Cunningham became one of the co-founders of the Group f/64, which aimed to “define photography as an art form by a simple and direct presentation through purely photographic methods”.

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