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My Mother Peeling Apples
© Imogen Cunningham Trust

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My Mother Peeling Apples About 1910

Not on display

This image of the photographer's mother, Susan Elizabeth Johnson Cunningham, dates from an early Pictorialist phase when Cunningham was much influenced by the group gathered around Alfred Stieglitz. She described her mother as a gentle, quiet woman who 'never expressed an opinion of any kind' and was totally devoted to her family. Cunningham successfully escaped this form of voluntary imprisonment and became one of the first women in the history of photography to make a living from her work. As the photographer noted, she had 'a skill with the camera' which she was 'not willing to sacrifice to maternity'.

Glossary Open


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



  • Acc. No. PGP 136.2
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 23.80 x 18.70 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Imogen Cunningham Trust 1990