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Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective

Available September 2020

Paul Martineau

Thoroughly researched and beautifully produced, this catalogue complements the first comprehensive retrospective in the United States of Imogen Cunningham’s work in over thirty-five years.

Celebrated American artist Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) enjoyed a long career as a photographer, creating a large and diverse body of work that underscored her unique vision, versatility, and commitment to the medium. An early feminist and inspiration to future generations, Cunningham intensely engaged with Pictorialism and Modernism; genres of portraiture, landscape, the nude, still life, and street photography; and themes such as flora, dancers and music, hands, and the elderly.

Organized chronologically, this volume explores the full range of the artist’s life and career. It contains nearly two hundred color images of Cunningham’s elegant, poignant, and groundbreaking photographs, both renowned and lesser known, including several that have not been published previously. Essays by Paul Martineau and Susan Ehrens draw from extensive primary source material such as letters, family albums, and other intimate materials to enrich readers’ understanding of Cunningham’s motivations and work.

This title is published to accompany forthcoming exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center and the Seattle Art Museum.

Paul Martineau has been a curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum for over fifteen years. Among the many books he has authored are Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography (2018), Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs (2016), Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit (2014), and Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (2012), all from Getty Publications. Susan Ehrens, the author of The Errand of the Eye: Photographs by Rose Mandel (2013), A Poetic Vision: The Photographs of Anne Brigman (1995), and Alma Lavenson: Photographs (1990), organized and cocurated the exhibition The Photography of Imogen Cunningham: A Centennial Selection.

256 pages
9 1/2 x 11 inches
199 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-675-1
hardcover

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum

2020

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