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I have just discovered that the plant is an aloe, not a cactus and as I am a member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, it won't do to so misname common plants. Imogen Cunningham

Aloe, 1925

Aloe, 1925
gelatin silver print
signed in pencil (in the margin); Mills College credit label with typed title 'Cactus' and artist's typed note contained in a mylar sleeve affixed (on the reverse of the mat)
image: 11¼ x 9in. (29 x 23.3cm.)
sheet: 14 x 11in. (35.9 x 28.5cm.)
With Paul Hertzmann Inc., San Francisco
Lorenz, Imogen Cunningham: Ideas without End, Chronicle Books, 1993, pl. 35, p. 100

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Lot Essay

Cunningham's concern for purity of image and clarity of detail, as well as her great interest in photographing flora, became increasingly important during the 1920s. Lot 155, her study of an aloe plant (which she charmingly mistitled Cactus, as well as the better known Magnolia Blossom, see previous lot), are both important examples of these developments in her work.

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