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Self-Portrait on Geary Street

Self-Portrait on Geary Street


Imogen Cunningham

American, 1883-1976

Throughout Cunningham's seventy-year career she repeatedly turned her lens on herself, producing a number of self-portraits that show the photographer amidst the scene she framed for her camera, as in this photograph. Self-portraits had always interested her. In 1905, as a young woman in her early twenties, Cunningham purchased her first camera, which inspired her to take one of her first self-portraits (reproduced below), a photograph she composed on the University of Washington campus.
Gelatin silver print
Image h.: 8 in.
Image w.: 6 1/2 in.
Sheet h.: 9 15/16 in.
.i W.: 7 15/16 in.
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryTacoma, Washington, Tacoma Art Museum, The Innovative Photography of Imogen Cunningham from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Dec. 15, 1995-Mar. 24, 1996
Published References"Selected Works." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 126

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