Explore the broad influence Cunningham attained through her unorthodox teaching methods, diverse acquaintances, and late-in-life celebrity, when her reputation as a sharp-tongued eccentric threatened to overshadow her decades of photographic achievement. Cunningham’s longevity allowed her to meet and form close friendships with artists from multiple generations. Explore her influence on her peers as well as on succeeding generations of photographers, both before and after her death in 1976.

Ash Anderson, lecturer in art history, Boston College

Above: Ted Orland, Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham Awarding Jerry Uelsmann the Title of Honorary West Coast Photographer at Weston Beach, Point Lobos, CA, 1969. Photograph, gelatin silver print. Gift of Francis W. Dolloff. Reproduced with permission. 1991.325.

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