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Self-Portrait, Seattle Studio

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Imogen Cunningham, Self-Portrait, Seattle Studio, ca. 1910, gelatin silver print, Bequest of Fae Heath Batten, © 1910 Imogen Cunningham Trust, 1997.58.37

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Title

Self-Portrait, Seattle Studio

Artist

Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883-1976)

Date

ca. 1910

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 4 in x 3 1/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: This early photograph of Imogen Cunningham was made in her studio in Seattle in the 1910's. This is authenticated by Rondal Partridge, Imogen Cunningham's son and Trustee of the Trust. July 10, 1982.

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

1997.58.37

Copyright

© 1910 Imogen Cunningham Trust

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographers

photographs

self-portraits

studios

Description

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Imogen Cunningham began making photographs in 1901 at the age of 18. After studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, she worked in Edward Curtis’ photography studio for two years. This early photograph, created in her own Seattle studio, is a simple yet striking self-portrait that demonstrates her evolving Pictorialist style. While the 1920s saw Cunningham forgo Pictorialism’s soft focus and painterly effects in favor of visual precision, her first Seattle photographs demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness of form and light that characterize the images she produced throughout her long career.

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