Imogen Cunningham Platinum Print, ca. 1910
I bought it at a Seattle estate. It caught my eye because it kind of looked like a person, the face.
The photographer, Imogen Cunningham, was born in Oregon but actually moved to Seattle, where she became a photographer after working with Edward Curtis.
So she had really excellent training and hung out a shingle as a portrait photographer. So I think you really hit the nail on the head when you said that this really feels like a person. This is a picture that was done very early in her career. She was born in the late 19th century. We would date this picture circa 1910. Later on, she became a fine art photographer. Do you have any sense of what it might be worth?
No, I paid five dollars.
Five dollars, good price. It's a lovely platinum print, a technique that Cunningham studied very seriously, and a value would be in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.
Wow, that's surprising.
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