Imogen Cunningham: The Light Within

Location: Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Cost: $15 Adults | $12 Museum Members | Free for WFU staff/faculty/students

Join us for an insightful exploration into the remarkable career of Imogen Cunningham, a pioneering force in photography whose impact spanned an impressive seventy years. Presented by Paul Martineau, Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this lecture promises a journey through Cunningham’s extensive and diverse body of work.

Imogen Cunningham’s artistic legacy encompasses a rich tapestry of portraits, nudes, florals, and street photographs. In an era dominated by male photographers, Cunningham stood out as one of the few women who played a pivotal role in shaping early modernist photography in America. Despite her significant contributions, her stature has sometimes been overshadowed by her male peers.

In this lecture, Paul Martineau aims to rectify this oversight and shed light on Imogen Cunningham’s rightful place in the annals of twentieth-century photographic history. By delving into her achievements, Martineau seeks to emphasize Cunningham’s equivalence to her male counterparts and reevaluate the profound impact she made on the course of photographic art.


Presenter Bio:

Paul Martineau is a curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He received a B.A. in art from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a M.A. in art history from Williams College. Before joining the Getty Museum in 2003, Martineau held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. He has organized numerous exhibitions covering a range of topics spanning the history of photography from its beginnings to today. Martineau is the author and coauthor of more than a dozen books and articles, including, most recently, Rodney Smith: A Leap of Faith (2023), Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective (2020); Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography (2018); and Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs (2016).

“Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective” will be available for purchase. 

Reynolda is grateful to the Bynum E. Tudor Fund for Reynolda House Museum of American Art for supporting this program.

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