Highlight Artist: Imogen Cunningham

"A woman said to me when she first sat down, You're photographing the wrong side of my face. I said, Oh, is there one?
Imogen Cunningham
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You will be using the web sites below, as well as any great ones you find, to research Imogen Cunningham. Please find and note the following:

Brief Background info:
  • Name of artist (Imogen Cunningham)
  • Life/Death Dates
  • State(s) where she did most of her work
  • Basic synopsis of the type/style of photography she did
  • General time period for when she worked
  • Interesting fact(s) - At least two facts that are unique and would help you to remember this artist.

PLUS, find three powerful images by Imogen Cunningham that best exemplify the use of emphasizing that which we do not usually “see.”

You should use MLA format to cite the sites you use. See EasyBib or NoodleBib for quick help.

Imogen Cunningham Links:

Imogen Cunningham Collection




Imogen Cunningham
After choosing your images, in a word document, using one page, paste each of the three images. Under each image, record the title and date of the artwork, as well as what you think Cunningham was trying to photograph (it might not be obvious). In each of the three images, describe where you see "rules of composition" (from the list below). Please print in order to share, get credit, and put in your sketchbook.

From the book Design Language by Tim McCreight:
…Here are a few of the rules of composition:
• symmetry tends to promote stability
• diagonals are more active than horizontals
• proximity creates tension
• sameness is frequently boring
• regularity creates rhythm
• contrast exaggerates and effects
• equal amounts of figure and ground confuse the eye