Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976

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Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) was an American photographer known for her early work in botanical imagery and nudes. During the 1930's, Cunningham explored the industrial and architectural forms of oil refineries, lumber mills, and shipyards. During the 1940's, her focus shifted to documentary street photography. Cunningham remained active, continuing to photograph and organize her work until just before her death at the age of 93.

From the guide to the Imogen Cunningham Letter to George Waters (MS 159), [n.d.], (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) was a photographer from San Francisco, Calif.

From the description of Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233007188

Photographer; San Francisco, Calif.

From the description of Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78925995

Photographer, teacher; San Francisco, Calif.

From the description of Imogen Cunningham speech, 1968 May 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122291488

Photographer, teacher; San Francisco, Calif.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Cunningham received training in the Edward S. Curtis studio and in Dresden, Germany. In 1910, she opened a studio in Seattle. In 1932, she was a founding member of Group f.64 with Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others. She established a studio in San Francisco in 1947 and was primarily known for her portrait photography. Cunningham was married to printmaker Roi Partridge.

From the description of Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 297147812

Photographer, teacher; San Francisco, Calif.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Cunningham received training in the Edward S. Curtis studio and in Dresden, Germany. In 1910, she opened a studio in Seattle. In 1932, she was a founding member of Group f.64 with Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others. She established a studio in San Francisco in 1947 and was primarily known for her portrait photography. Cunningham was married to printmaker Roi Partridge.

From the description of Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79271710

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Baer, Mildred. Professionals and entrepreneurs. California State University, Long Beach
referencedIn Renk, Merry, 1921-. Oral history interview with Merry Renk, 2001 Jan. 18-19. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. [Portrait of Rose Schuster Taylor] [graphic] UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Baer, Mildred. Professionals and entrepreneurs. California State University, Long Beach
creatorOf CUNNINGHAM, IMOGEN. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Asawa, Ruth. Ruth Asawa papers, circa 1948-2007. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum 20th-century history of photography collection, 1900-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Automobile Club of Southern California Collection of Photographs and Negatives, 1898-1982, bulk 1920s-1930s The Huntington Library
referencedIn Rosenberg, Abraham, 1865-1929. Rosenberg family papers, 1860-1977. Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Rabbi Morris Goldstein Library
referencedIn Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Lavenson, Alma, 1897-. Photographs of the California Mother Lode [graphic] / Alma Lavenson. California Historical Society
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen (Photographs). Cunningham, Imogen (Photographs) : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Constantine, Mildred. Research papers regarding Tina Modotti, 1920-1993. Getty Research Library
referencedIn Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Siskind, Aaron. Aaron Siskind papers, 1967-1977. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Portraits, ideas and design : oral history transcript / Imogen Cunningham ; tape recorded interview conducted by Edna Tartaul Daniel in June, 1959. Regional Cultural History Project, University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1961 : and related material, 1959-1961. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. Correspondence with Imogen Cunningham, 1949-1976. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zorach family. Zorach family papers, 1900-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. [Portrait of Stephen Spender] [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Crane, Arnold H. Arnold Crane portfolio of photographs, "Portraits of the Photographers," 1968-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wessels, Glenn, 1895-1982. Glenn Wessels papers, [ca. 1932-1982]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976,. Reynolds family photographic collection [graphic], circa 1915-1974. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Finnie, Anne Ackerman, 1911-1995. Anne Ackerman Finnie family papers, 1899-1981. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. Ansel and Virginia Adams letters from Imogen Cunningham, 1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984. Roi Partridge papers, 1912-1966. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Automobile Club of Southern California,. Automobile Club of Southern California Collection of Photographs and Negatives, 1898-1982 (bulk 1920s-1930s) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Crane, Arnold H. Arnold Crane interviews of photographers, [ca. 1968-1971]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Interview with Imogen Cunningham : oral history transcript / [Interviewed by] Ruth Teiser, 1972. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984. Roi Partridge papers, 1909-2003, bulk 1909-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Katzman, Louise, 1949-. [Imogen Cunningham] [graphic] / Louise Katzman. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Andreson, Laura. Laura Andreson papers, 1902-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976,. Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Grapestake Gallery. Grapestake Gallery records, 1974-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Holub, Leo, 1916-. Oral history interview with Leo Holub, 1997 July 3 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Interview relating to Charles Caldwell Dobie : ms., 1966 July 20. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Rosenberg, Abraham, 1865-1929. Rosenberg family papers, 1860-1977. Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Rabbi Morris Goldstein Library
referencedIn Imogen Cunningham collection, [ca. 1976-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Jacobs, Mimi. [Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Focus Gallery. Focus Gallery records, 1966-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham speech, 1968 May 18. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bowden, Harry, 1907-1965. Harry Bowden papers, 1922-1972. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Morley, S. Griswold (Sylvanus Griswold), 1878-1970. Sylvanus Griswold Morley papers, 1896-1969. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984. Roi Partridge papers, 1915-1995. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Caponigro, Paul, 1932-. Oral history interview with Paul Caponigro, 1999 Jul. 30-1999 Aug. 12 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Mann, Margery. Margery Mann files on photography, 1955-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miles, Josephine, 1911-. Photographs from the Josephine Miles papers [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984. Roi Partridge papers, 1915-1995. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Roi Partridge papers, 1909-2003 (bulk 1909-1984) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn The Zorach Family papers, 1900-1987 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schaeffer, Rudolph. Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Imogen Cunningham Letter to George Waters (MS 159), [n.d.] University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon papers, [ca. 1896-1946]. UC Berkeley Libraries
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Direct Relationships
Relation Name
associatedWith Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. person
associatedWith Andreson, Laura. person
associatedWith Asawa, Ruth. person
associatedWith Automobile Club of Southern California, corporateBody
associatedWith Bissantz, Edgar, 1901- person
associatedWith Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971. person
associatedWith Bowden, Harry, 1907-1965. person
associatedWith Bristol, Horace. person
associatedWith Bullock, Wynn. person
associatedWith Bullock, Wynn. person
associatedWith Butler, John Davidson, 1890-1974. person
associatedWith Caponigro, Paul, 1932- person
associatedWith Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966. person
associatedWith Constantine, Mildred. person
associatedWith Crane, Arnold H. person
associatedWith Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952. person
associatedWith Daniel, Edna Tartaul. person
associatedWith Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. person
associatedWith Dobie, Charles Caldwell, 1881-1943. person
associatedWith Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956. person
associatedWith Finnie, Anne Ackerman, 1911-1995. person
associatedWith Focus Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith George Eastman House. corporateBody
associatedWith Grapestake Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Graves, Morris, 1910- person
associatedWith Group f.64. corporateBody
associatedWith Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984. person
associatedWith Henry Art Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Holub, Leo, 1916- person
associatedWith Jacobs, Mimi person
associatedWith Kanaga, Consuelo, 1894- person
associatedWith Karlstrom, Paul J., person
associatedWith Katzman, Louise, 1949- person
associatedWith Lange, Dorothea. person
associatedWith Lavenson, Alma, 1897- person
associatedWith Mann, Margery. person
associatedWith Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946. person
associatedWith Morley, S. Griswold (Sylvanus Griswold), 1878-1970. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993. person
associatedWith Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006. person
associatedWith Noskowiak, Sonya, d. 1975. person
associatedWith O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986. person
associatedWith Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984. person
associatedWith Regional Cultural History Project (University of California, Berkeley) corporateBody
associatedWith Renk, Merry, 1921- person
associatedWith Roi Partridge person
associatedWith Schaeffer, Rudolph. person
associatedWith Schoener, Allon. person
associatedWith Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. person
associatedWith Siskind, Aaron. person
associatedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995 person
associatedWith Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973. person
associatedWith Steinert, Otto, 1915- person
associatedWith Strand, Paul, 1890-1976. person
associatedWith Struss, Karl, 1886- person
associatedWith Taylor, H. J., Mrs., b. 1863 person
associatedWith Teiser, Ruth. person
associatedWith Toklas, Alice B. person
associatedWith Van Dyke, Willard. person
associatedWith Wessels, Glenn, 1895-1982. person
associatedWith Weston, Edward, 1886-1958. person
associatedWith White, Minor. person
associatedWith Witkin Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Witkin, Lee D. person
associatedWith Zorach family. person
associatedWith Zorach Family family
associatedWith Zorach, William, 1887-1966. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California
California--San Francisco Bay Area
California--San Francisco Bay Area
California--San Francisco
Seattle (Wash.)
California--San Francisco
Subject
Photographers--Interviews
Women photographers--Interviews
Photography
Portrait photography
Women photographers
Photographers--Biography
Women artists
Photographers
Photography, Artistic
Occupation
Photographers
Function

Person

Birth 1883-04-12

Death 1976-06-24

Americans

English

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