1883 - 1976
gelatin silver print, mounted to Crescent Quality illustration board, titled and dated in pencil on the mount, 1934, probably printed in the 1930s or 1940s; accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Rondal Partridge, the photographer's son (2)
image: 7 by 8 ⅞ in. (17.8 by 22.5 cm.)
Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. This rare, early print is in generally very good condition. When examined under ultraviolet light, this photograph does not appear to fluoresce. Its fine print quality and nuanced tonal range are consistent with an early print. It was likely mounted to Crescent Quality illustration board later, possibly in the 1950s, at which time Cunningham titled and dated the mount in pencil. The following are visible in raking light: faint silvering in the darkest tones; a soft crease, possibly from the mounting process, near the lower edge; 2 tiny deposits of original retouching near the lower right edge; and some swipe marks or soiling at center-right. There are two small areas of faint yellow discoloration in the far right portion of the image. This photograph is mounted to Crescent Quality illustration board with a light gray surface. A thin excess of dry-mounting tissue is visible. Th mount has modest soiling and the edges are worn. '83 %' is faintly written in pencil in an unidentified hand at the upper right corner. On the reverse of the mount, '25' is written in red pencil in an unidentified hand.
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Richard Lorenz, Imogen Cunningham, Ideas Without End: A Life in Photographs (San Francisco, 1993), pl. 82
Manfred Heiting, ed., Imogen Cunningham, 1883-1976 (Köln, 2001), p. 227
Karen Tsujimoto, Images of America: Precisionist Painting and Modern Photography (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1982), pl. 61
Precisionism in America 1915-1941: Reordering Reality (The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, 1995), p. 72, p. 114