Imogen Cunningham


We have had a couple of briefs that have been focused on flowers and botanicals, the photographer Imogen Cunningham is well known for her botanical work and worth researching.

Imogen Cunningham born April 12, 1883 died June 23, 1976 was an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and portraiture. Cunningham’s professional career span over seven decades resulting in some of the most outstanding contributions to fine art photography. Even though her first love was portraiture, Imogen Cunningham is most known for her stunning and sensual close-ups of flowers.

Her floral studies were influenced by stark lines and were mainly of close-ups, as she believed the “paradox of expansion via reduction becomes vivid when one looks at the visual aspect of nature”, each level of detail is echoed in the next lager and smaller level of scale. Between 1923 and 1925, Imogen Cunningham carried out an extended series of magnolia flower studies which became increasingly simplified as she looked to recognise the form within the object.




After exploring her botanical interests by the late 1920s, Imogen Cunningham began to turn from plants to human form and ventured into the exploration of the human body. When Imogen Cunningham first presented her nude photographs, she confronted herself to a post-Victorian era conservatism that she fought back with her observations of the human body. She expanded on her experimentation of stark lines with nudes.



During the 1950s, Imogen Cunningham produced some of her finest portraiture, from decisive moments on the streets to revealing images of artists, poets and writers. With icon photographs of Ansel Adams and the like.



Imagen Cunningham self portrait:





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