"Nature as art," both as a pure experience of nature and as a study in pure design, is embodied in this picture by photographer Imogen Cunningham. The close, tightly cropped composition serves to enhance the intimacy of being enfolded within the magnolia petals. The work also turns our focus inward—as a study in form, tone, and texture. Cunningham was part of an important group of West Coast photographers who shifted from a soft-focus style to a sharp-focus, abstract sensibility known as modernism.More...
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