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Imogen Cunningham

The Unmade Bed, 1957
Gelatin silver print
9.7 5x 12.75 inches
Open edition estate print, stamped
Retail Framed: $2500
© Imogen Cunningham; Framing custom Gallery Frames, LLC

b. 1883, Portland, OR; d. 1976, San Francisco, CA
“The story Imogen told me about The Unmade Bed is quite wonderful. She was teaching at the San Francisco Art institute, as was her friend, Dorothea Lange. Imogen stopped in to a class Dorothea was teaching; Dorothea was giving her students an assignment ‘to photograph your environment without anyone in it.’ So that week, Imogen photographed her unmade bed. This photograph really is the epitome of home for Imogen. She was living in a small house in San Francisco, and I remember that her bed was just in one side of a room that she also used as a dining room, open to a kitchen about the size of a galley on a boat. Of course, there was a bedroom in the house, but it had been given over to Imogen’s mounting/shipping room by the time I saw it.” —Meg Partridge, granddaughter of Imogen Cunningham

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