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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 9. Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976)

Cunningham was both a scientist and a photographer, not to mention one of the first women in photography. She studied the chemistry of the film developing process. One of her first images was a nude self-portrait taken on the campus of the University of Washington.

In her early career, Cunningham worked in the studio of Edward S. Curtis. Later, she had her own studio in Seattle, where she photographed portraits of people. She became an expert developer, using platinum paper to make prints. A few years after she changed her photographic style from soft- to hard-focus photographs, she became a member of the f/64 group (Ansel Adams was also a member), a group dedicated to the fine details in nature. During ...

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