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imogene cunningham

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on April 12, 2011

I was struck the other day by this photograph, taken by American photographer Imogene Cunningham (1883-1976).

The word sinuous had come up for me in several different contexts last week. I had a vague idea of what it meant but still found it very intriguing.  I suppose this photo is now attached to the word in my mind.

Cunningham began her career circa 1906, a twenty-year old paying her way through college by photographing plants for the botany department at the University of Washington.

When she later focused her work on portraiture, it feels like she approached her human subjects in the same way she looked at plants and flowers:  gentle curves and organic lines, living and breathing in shadows and light.


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