Imogen Cunningham was an American photographer, born April 12, 1833 in Portland, Oregon. She is most well known for her photographs of botanicals, nudes, and industrial landscapes. She bought her first camera at the age of 18, but quickly lost interest and sold it to a friend. However, she was inspired to take up photography again 5 years later when coming across the work of Gertrude Kasebier. Her chemistry professor at the University of Washington assisted in helping her understand the chemistry behind photography and she began taking photographs of plants for the botany department. In 1907, Imogen graduated from UW and went to work at Edward S. Curtis' studio, which enabled her to learn about portraiture and practical photography.
|Callas, circa 1925 |
|Magnolia Blossom, 1925|