Acquires a 4-by-5-inch format camera with a rapid rectilinear lens and instructions from a mail-order correspondence school.
Takes first photographs on University of Washington campus, including a nude self-portrait out-of-doors.
Writes thesis, "The Scientific Development of Photography." After seeing the photographs of Gertrude Käsebier in The Craftsman, she decides to pursue photography as a career.
Awarded a fellowship by her university sorority, Pi Beta Phi, to study abroad. Travels to Dresden to study photographic chemistry with Robert Luther at the Technische Hochschule. Takes a new 5x7 view camera and a small Kodak given to her by a friend at the Curtis Studio. Visits the International Photographic Exposition in Dresden.
Publishes her research on substituting lead salts for platinum in photographic printing paper in Photographische Rundschau und Photographisches Centralblatt.
Publishes "Photography as a Profession for Women" in Pi Beta Phi's journal, The Arrow. Corresponds with Alvin Langdon Coburn and Clarence White.
One-person exhibitions at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Included in the International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography, New York. Illustrated review of her work published in Wilson's Photographic Magazine.
Two nude male and female studies, Reflections and Eve Repentant, reproduced in the Christmas issue of The Town Crier.
Exhibits at Fine Arts Society, Seattle, with Roi Partridge, John Butler, and Clare Shepard. Included in Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, Pittsburgh Salon of National Photographic Art, and Philadelphia Salon.
Nude study of Roi Partridge, The Bather, published in the Christmas issue of The Town Crier, causes sensation.
Resumes commercial portrait business. Photographs Adolph Bolm Ballet Intime. Creates first sharp-focus nature studies at Point Lobos and begins to photograph plant forms.
Joins the Pictorial Photographers of America.
Photographs light abstractions and begins series of magnolia studies. Also makes first double-exposure photograph around this time.
Creates the negative image Snake.
Photographs Martha Graham in Santa Barbara and Frida Kahlo in San Francisco. Vanity Fair reproduces two of her Graham studies and hires her to photograph Hollywood personalities.
One-person exhibition at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco. Also exhibits at Julien Levy Gallery, New York.
Continues portrait and botanical photography with a growing interest in industrial still lifes and documentary photography.
Travels to New York for Vanity Fair. Photographs Alfred Stieglitz and begins documentary street photography. Works with Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor on documentary project in Oroville, California.
Photographs Gertrude Stein in San Francisco. Photographs for Cornish School catalogue in Seattle. Her Group f.64 statement published in Camera Craft.
Begins photographing with 2 1/4-by-2 1/4-inch format cameras.
Begins photographing in color for Sunset magazine around this time.
Begins using a Rolleiflex camera. Meets Lisette Model.
KRON-TV, San Francisco, produces documentary on Cunningham photographing blind children.
Interviewed by Herm Lenz, along with Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, in U. S. Camera article, "Interview with Three Greats."
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, acquires large collection of photographs.
Becomes honorary member of American Society of Magazine Photographers.
Experiments with Polaroid film.
The Library of Congress acquires a large collection of her photographs.
Elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Receives honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts. Oakland, California.
Receives a Guggenheim Fellowship to print early negatives.
The Smithsonian Institution purchases a major collection of works.
San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto proclaims November 12 "Imogen Cunningham Day."
Declared as "Artist of the Year" by the San Francisco Art Commission.
Receives University of Washington's Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus award.
Donates selected papers to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Creates the Imogen Cunningham Trust on February 14 to continue the preservation, exhibition, and promotion of her work.
Receives honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Mills College. Oakland, California.
Photographs the last 12 people for her book After Ninety (published in 1977 by the University of Washington Press).
The centennial of Imogen Cunningham's birth celebrated with the proclamation of 'Imogen Cunningham Day' by the Mayor of San Francisco and exhibits in San Francisco galleries.