Imogen Cunningham was born in 1883 in Portland, OR. She began her career in photography by studying the chemistry behind it at the University of Washington and at the Technische Hochshule in Dresden, Germany from 1906-1910. After graduating, she opened her own studio and began her portrait and pictorial work. Her work was featured in many exhibitions across the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Seattle Fine Arts Society. Her focus shifted many times throughout her life, going from portraits, to pattern and detail, then plants, industrial landscapes, the hands of musicians and artists, and finally documentary street photography. She was also a faculty member of the fine arts photography department, formed by Ansel Adams, at the California School of Fine Arts. She died at the age of 93 in June of 1976.