Aloe by Imogen Cunningham (c. 1926)

The photograph titled “Aloe” was created by artist Imogen Cunningham around the year 1926. It portrays an aloe plant with a focus on its emerging flower stalk, which stands centralized in the composition. The detailed texture of the plant’s surface is emphasized by the light, creating a sense of depth and dimension. There’s a clear contrast between the crisp, geometric patterns of the aloe’s leaves and the soft, undefined shadow projected behind it, possibly the shadow of the plant itself. The photograph exhibits a fine gradation of tones from white to black, adding to the dramatic effect of the image. Imogen Cunningham’s use of light and shadow enhances the biological details and sculptural quality of the aloe, lending the image an almost abstract quality while celebrating the natural form.

Other Photographs from Imogen Cunningham

Scroll to Top