Focus on 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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Glacial Lily (False Hellebore), 1927 (printed 1971)

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Agave, 1920s (printed 1971)

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Black and White Lilies, 1920s (printed 1971)


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 (this may be in bullet form):
  • 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.

NEXT, find and print ONE powerful PLANT image by Imogen Cunningham that best exemplifies the use of emphasizing that which we do not usually “see.”

1. Make a list of what you NOTICE about the photo. (at least 5 things; use complete sentences) You might wish to refer to the “Rules of Composition” to help you with your response. (see below for rules)

2. Make a list of what you WONDER about the photo. (at least 5 different things; use complete sentences)

3. Write a paragraph on why you like or don't like the photo. (at least 4 complete sentences)

4. Neatly glue/tape your chosen photo, with title and date, and your written work into your sketchbook.

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

Imogen Cunningham Links:

Imogen Cunningham Collection

http://www.masters-of-photography.com/C/cunningham/cunningham.html

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/cunningham_imogen.html

http://www.cs.washington.edu/building/art/ImogenCunningham/

Imogen Cunningham

http://www.imogencunningham.com/index.html


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