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The Unmade Bed
1957 (later print)
Gelatin silver print
10 in (25.40 cm) x 13 in (33.02 cm)
Robert Tat Gallery
© The Imogen Cunningham Trust; all rights reserved
This is a Trust print, printed by Imogen's son, Rondal Partridge, and bearing the Imogen Cunningham Trust authentication label with Rondal's signature, verso. Cunningham's signature and chop blind stamped on mount. Ron Partridge is no longer printing, so this is one of his last remaining prints. During the last years of her life, Imogen Cunningham occupied the role of grande dame of American photography, encompassing one of the longest spans of any known photographer. Her career began in 1901 when she learned platinum printing while working for Edward S. Curtis in Seattle, and continued until shortly before her death in 1976. Her shared photographic concerns with Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and other Bay Area photographers resulted in her joining Group f/64. Possibly the first woman to exhibit photographs of the male nude, Cunningham's work was frequently irreverent, always perceptive, and often years ahead of its time.