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Leaf Pattern

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1925/29

Artist:

Imogen Cunningham
American, 1883–1976

About this artwork

Within her seven-decade photographic career, Imogen Cunningham is perhaps best known for her work in the 1920s and 1930s: close, clear, abstract images of organic forms, particularly botanical specimens. Photographer Edward Weston, who coordinated the American section of the 1929 exhibition Film und Foto, a major German survey of international photographic modernism, selected eight of her plant studies to join the landmark exhibition. In 1932 Weston and Cunningham joined fellow California photographers in forming Group f/64, named after the aperture on a view camera that generated a maximally sharp image across the full depth of field. Cunningham had sent a set of photographs, including this print of the leaves of a giant honey bush, earlier that year to New York gallerist Julien Levy. Whereas this print features even tones on a matte-finish paper, subsequent prints of the image appear on the glossy, high-contrast paper favored by f/64 members.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Imogen Cunningham

Title

Leaf Pattern

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1925–1929

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in graphite: "Imogen Cunningham"; verso unchecked

Dimensions

29.5 × 22.6 cm (image/paper); 35.5 × 27.8 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Julien Levy Collection, Gift of Jean and Julien Levy

Reference Number

1975.1135

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