John Butler with Mask about 1922 (detail), © 2018 Imogen Cunningham Trust

NORTH GALLERY

2018

Imogen Cunningham

THROUGH MY LENS

February 17-May 17, 2018

Curated by Cox & Dean

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

Imogen Cunningham (1883 – 1976) is renowned as the groundbreaking female American photographer of her time with one of the longest photographic careers in the history of the medium. A major figure in 20th-century American photography, Cunningham was a co-founder of Group f.64, joining forces with Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and other San Francisco Bay Area photographers who shared an aesthetic of sharply-focused images and natural subjects.

Cunningham was a determined and innovative artist. She came to photography through studying chemistry, the scientific background for her chosen art form. She was the first woman to photograph the male nude, for which she was considered indelicate. She gravitated towards artists, marrying the printmaker Roi Partridge. She raised three sons all while continuing to expand her photography. It was during this time that she produced some of her best known work, close ups of the flowers in her Bay Area surroundings and garden. Later in her career Vanity Fair hired her to photograph Hollywood celebrities. When asked who she would like to photograph, she replied, “Ugly men, because they never complain, you know.”

SJIMA-exhibitionKeyframe-kathy_venter.png

John Butler with Mask about 1922 (detail), © 2018 Imogen Cunningham Trust

SPONSORS:

The Imogen Cunningham Trust, The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Printonyx, Browne’s Home Center and Harbor Rentals.