Imogen Cunningham

(1883 - 1976)
Imogen Cunningham Imogen Cunningham (Self portrait) About 1910 © 2016 Imogen Cunningham Trust


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.

Glossary terms

  • A 19th century movement among photographers who explored the artistic potential of the new technology, looking to paintings for stylistic models.