Imogen Cunningham Imogen Cunningham (Self portrait) About 1910; printed later © 2016 Imogen Cunningham Trust


Born 1883
Died 1976
Nationality American
Birth place Portland
Death place San Francisco

Imogen Cunningham was one of the most significant modernist photographers in the United States, with a career that spanned more than seven decades. After training in photographic processing techniques, she opened a portrait studio in Seattle in 1910, before going on to work in San Francisco alongside photographers like Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange. Cunningham followed avant-garde developments in Europe and America closely, experimenting with double exposure and superimposition techniques. She is best known for her sensitive portrait studies, pictures of plants and innovative exploration of the human body.