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Leaf Pattern

Leaf Pattern

Artist: Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883 - 1976)
Date: 1929 (printed early 1970s)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of anonymous donor, 2013
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Object number: 2013.40.3
Description
As the mother of three young boys, Imogen Cunningham’s photographs from the 1920s were often taken in the family’s backyard or close to home. Many of these botanical subjects were quite abstract, such as this visually confounding study of leaves. The piece coincides with her shift toward sharply focused images composed in the camera and contact printed (print is the same size as the negative), rather than being enlarged and manipulated in the darkroom. Based on this approach to picture-making, she and a small band of northern California photographers founded Group f/64 in Oakland, to promote their philosophy and their work.
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: Women of Photography: An Historical Survey, San Francisco Museum of Art (April 18-June 15, 1975) and additional venues: Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (September 15-October 26, 1975); Art History Galleries, University of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (February 2-March 14, 1976); Wellesley College Museum. Wellesley, Massachusetts (April 12-May 23, 1976).