Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

Imogen Cunningham

Frida Kahlo

San Francisco, 1931

Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 10" x 13"
Mounted dimensions: 16" x 20"

Pristine condition

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Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

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Description

Semi-matte fiber-based Gelatin Silver photograph by Imogen Cunningham, "Frida Kahlo, 1931." Individually handmade from Imogen Cunningham’s negative by Rondal Partridge’s (1917-2015) assistant, Craig Withrow, at the Imogen Cunningham Trust. Mounted on archival museum board with Cunningham’s embossed signature on mount front and the Cunningham Trust Stamp of Authenticity on mount verso.

Condition

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Artist

Imogen Cunningham occupied the role of grande dame of American photography. She began photographing in 1901, some sixty-two years after the invention of the medium, and continued to make and take photographs until shortly before her death in 1976. Her career was one of the longest and most influential in the history of photography. Since she felt that her feminist vision separated her at a time when most photographers were male, Cunningham began formalizing her photographs through abstraction and tight cropping, demonstrating her understanding of modernism while simultaneously introducing a delicate eroticism to her imagery. Cunningham’s work was frequently irreverent, always perceptive, and often years ahead of its time. As Margery Mann noted, she had “that rarest of all qualities among photographers, a sense of humor” (Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, University of Washington Press, 1970).

imogen cunningham self portrait

Medium

The most popular black and white process of the 20th century was gelatin silver, in which the image consists of silver metal particles suspended in a gelatin layer. Gelatin silver papers are commercially manufactured by applying an emulsion of light-sensitive silver salts in gelatin to a sheet of paper coated with a layer of baryta, a white pigment mixed with gelatin. The sensitized paper, generally fiber-based, is exposed to light through a negative and then made visible in a chemical reducing solution. William Henry Fox Talbot introduced the basic chemical process in 1839, but the more complex gelatin silver process did not become the most common method of black-and-white darkroom photography until the late 1910s. Because the silver image is suspended in a gelatin emulsion that rests on a pigment-coated paper, gelatin silver can be sharply defined and highly detailed in comparison to platinum or palladium, in which the image is absorbed directly into the fibers of the paper.

Cross section of Gelatin Silver paper