Original prints are photographs that Imogen printed herself, in her darkroom. These prints came directly from Imogen and are now held by the Imogen Cunningham Trust and paired with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The Certificate of Authenticity is a handprinted, letter-pressed certificate on archival paper, with details specific to each print, including the title, print size and type, mount size and any additional notes regarding the image itself. The Certificate of Authenticity is signed by Meg Partridge, Imogen's granddaughter and Director of the Imogen Cunningham Trust. Each original print is paired with the Certificate and with a matching unique number which matches the print to the certificate.
For each of our original prints, we describe the condition of each print, vintage when known, and details of the print as accurately as possible. Unless otherwise noted, these prints are guaranteed to be directly from the estate of Imogen Cunningham and have been in the family's hands since 1976. Each print is different, and we take great care to describe the details of the print, the print provenance and print condition.
While Imogen did not date her prints, many of her prints show printing notes, exhibition details or markings on the prints to help us date and provenance the work. We are also familiar with the capabilities of her different darkrooms, selection of photographic paper and particular use of enlargers and printing frames which help us to date her work.
If you have a specific print request, please contact us and we will see if we have one available. If we can resource a print for you through our network of family, galleries and collectors, we would be happy to do so.
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