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Lecture | The Experimental Nature of Imogen Cunningham |
Start Date: 3/14/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 3/14/2016End Time: 8:30 PM

Event Description
A lecture with photographs by Celina Lunsford

In her lifetime, Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) was consistently probing the medium of photography for new artistic expression. Her work became an accumulation of inspiration from many new sources and past experiences, making her one of the most experimental photographers on the West Coast. Her research in alternative processes for platinum printing which she developed as a student in Dresden, Germany to her ongoing correspondence with professional colleagues such as Alvin Langdon Coburn while he developed his Vortographs are just two examples which influenced how she would create her modern visions of nudes and plant studies during the 1920s.

Surrealism and an emphasis on analytical viewing are the characteristics of a neo-noir representation in the 1950s that were evident in her street photography as well as staged interiors. As she was turning seventy, her visual concerns, as always, involved the world in which she lived. The perspectives, concepts, and sensibility about the photograph itself were evolving. 

This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition "For Myself": Nudes by Imogen Cunningham, 1906-1939 taking place at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art between Feb. 13 and May 1 in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center.

More information about the exhibition and related events

Celina Lunsford
Artistic Director
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

As Artistic Director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, (FFF) Celina Lunsford is the chief 
curator for its changing exhibition program and choosing photographers and lecturers for its FFF Academy. The FFF, founded in 1984 is an exhibition center dedicated to international photographic arts.  Besides curating for the FFF Lunsford is continually looking for contemporary photographic work to include in exhibitions or to write about. She is a curator for RAY Photography Projects Frankfurt RhineMain, a triennial for international photography, which takes place again in June 2015. Lunsford advises corporations and she is currently on the nominating committee for the Prix Pictet Award for Photography.  In 2013 she was the guest juror of the European Publishers Award for Photography and the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art  (View Map)
700 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6855
Room: Roger Hull Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Phone: 503-370-6855
Celina Lunsford. Photo by Elinor Carucci.
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public.

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