Lot 102
Imogen Cunningham

Colletia Cruciata 2

Archival pigment print
8 x 10 inches
Sticker on verso signed by Meg Partridge of the Imogen Cunningham Trust
Sticker on verso signed by the Imogen Cunningham Trust Magnum Square print sale

A pioneering female photographer of the 20th century, Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) is best known for her botanical photography, nudes, industrial scenes, and abstract works. She began her career by making soft–focus allegorical prints in the tradition of Pictorialism—an early movement to have photography be understood as a fine art form. By the early 1920s she began taking close–up, sharply detailed studies of plant life and other natural forms. This mysterious abstract image shows a Patagonian evergreen shrub known as Colletia Cruciata, famous for its triangular, almond scented flowers. In 1932 Cunningham joined a group of modernist photographers known as f64, alongside such luminaries as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.

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