by Cunningham, Imogen.
Oakland, California: 1938. Photograph 6 1/8 x 7 1/4”, b&w gelatin silver print, mounted, signed and dated by Imogen Cunningham on the board beneath the lower right corner. With Imogen Cunningham studio sticker affixed to verso, board slightly foxed: very good. § Original photograph by Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), the widely acclaimed American photographer and founding member of Group f.64. The group consisted of seven West Coast photographers who renounced the pictorialist style dominant in the early decades of the 20th century in favor of sharply focused, unmanipulated images. Other members included Ansel Adams, John Paul Edwards, and Preston Holder. Cunningham is best known for her portraits, botanical studies, and nudes. Pictured is Lena Engst Thiriot, an Oakland physician. Thiriot, who became Lena Lanctot after her marriage, graduated from UCSF School of Medicine in the class of 1934. A bequest from her estate established a scholarship for women pursuing medicine or nursing at UCSF that is supporting the careers of young women to this day. (Inventory #: 108179)