Imogen Cunningham Catalogue
Imogen Cunningham
Biography
1883
Born on April 12 in Portland, Oregon, to Isaac and Susan Cunningham.
1889
Moves to Seattle, Washington, with her family around this time. Lives at 505 Ward Street until 1909.
1903-1097
Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, majoring in chemistry. Pays her lab fees working as her major professor's secretary and making lantern slides for botany courses.
1907-1909
Graduates from University of Washington in 1907. Works in Seattle portrait studio of Edward S. Curtis. Learns to retouch negatives and print with platinum paper.
1910
Visits Paris and London and meets Alvin Langdon Coburn. In New York, visits Alfred Stieglitz's gallery "291" and meets Gertrude Käsebier. Returns to Seattle and opens portrait studio at 1117 Terry Avenue.
1915
Marries Roi Partridge on February 11. Son, Gryffyd, born December 18.
1917
Moves to San Francisco. Twin sons, Rondal and Padraic, born September 4. Family resides at 42 Lower Terrace.
1918
Works in San Francisco studio of Francis Bruguière. Meets Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange.
1920
Moves to 4540 Harbor View Drive, Oakland when Roi begins teaching at Mills College. Meets Edward Weston and Johan Hagemeyer.
1934
Marriage to Roi Partridge ends in divorce in June.
1943
Moves to 6454 Colby Street, Berkeley, and uses Roger Sturtevant's photographic studio on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
1947
Moves to 1331 Green Street, San Francisco, where she builds a darkroom and offers portrait sittings.
1947-1950
Teaches at California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco.
1960-1961
Travels to Berlin, Munich, Paris, and London, meets August Sander and Paul Strand. Travels to Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, and Paris, meets Man Ray.
1965-1967
Teaches at San Francisco Art Institute.
1968
Teaches summer session at Humboldt State College.
1973
Teaches at San Francisco Art Institute.
1976
Dies on June 23 in San Francisco, California.
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