Born: Portland, OR, 1883
Died: San Francisco, CA, 1976
Education: University of Washington, 1907
Imogen Cunningham was a true artistic pioneer in 20th-Century photography. While her early work was made in the tradition of Pictorialism, by the 1920s she was experimenting with the sharp definition and detailed study of natural forms and plant life associated with the West Coast Modernist movement. Cunningham was a founding member of Group f.64 together with Willard Van Dyke, Ansel Adams and others. In 1945, she joined the faculty of the first fine art photography department at the California School of Fine Arts (now SFAI) where she continued to teach and be an important mentor to students and faculty through the 1970s.
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