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Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys

Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys

by Amy Novesky, Lisa Congdon
     
 

Imogen’s family didn’t have much, and life was hard atop the wild hill they call home. But when Imogen declared she wanted to be a photographer, her father built her her very own darkroom. Flash forward. Imogen is a photographer and a mother. She has her hands full! How does she do it all? She turns the garden into a wonderland for her three growing

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Imogen’s family didn’t have much, and life was hard atop the wild hill they call home. But when Imogen declared she wanted to be a photographer, her father built her her very own darkroom. Flash forward. Imogen is a photographer and a mother. She has her hands full! How does she do it all? She turns the garden into a wonderland for her three growing boys and a workshop for herself. While she works, her boys play, and Imogen photographs them. Click. Click. Click. Photographing her sons leads Imogen to focus on plants and flowers — most notably her signature magnolia blossoms—for which she will become best known.

Here, then, is the story of Imogen Cunningham, one of the finest photographers of the 20th century and mother to three boys.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Striking a tone of quiet intimacy and using simple sentence constructions, Novesky follows Georgia in Hawaii and Me, Frieda with another tribute to a female 20th-century artist. Young Imogen Cunningham's family had very little, but her father recognized his daughter's interest in photography and built her a darkroom, nurturing her early creative inclinations. After attending college ("She studied chemistry and botany. She read poetry. She was the only one in her family to graduate from a university"), Cunningham marries and has children of her own, building herself another darkroom and photographing her sons as they play in the garden. In her first children's book, Congdon conveys Cunningham's story through modest matte illustrations of rural life, which have the rough textures and skewed angles of American folk art. Her interpretations of Cunningham's photographs offer classical compositions of women in drapery or reclined on the grass, as well as portraits of her sons, father, and mother. Novesky downplays Cunningham's career outside the domestic sphere, painting her as an artist who took photographs throughout her life, seeking personal gratification over fame. Ages 4–up. (Nov.)
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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Visual artist Imogen Cunningham is noted as one of the finest photographers of the early 20th century. Born to a family that valued hard work and education, she learned from her father as he taught her to read and how to draw. As a teenager, she first declared that she wanted to be a photographer; when she married, her photography focused on her surroundings and her family life also became the source of her art. Three young boys, a garden, and little money encouraged her to develop her skills in new ways. "You can't expect things to be smooth and easy and beautiful. You just have to work, find your way out, and do anything you can yourself." She created a garden for her boys, and while they played and found wonder in nature, she used her camera. Images in the book replicate her photographs through paint and drawings, taking readers through passing time and documenting her discovery of nature's beauty around her. An author's note and one of Cunningham's photographs give a glimpse of her family; readers are also encouraged to discover more about the artist through a website, books, and film. A view of an evolving art form, this offering reminds youngsters that talent is important, but that success often requires perseverance and devotion.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937359324
Publisher:
Cameron + Company
Publication date:
12/25/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Amy Novesky is an award-winning children’s book author. Her picture books include Elephant Prince, Georgia in Hawaii, and Me, Frida. She lives with her family just north of San Francisco.

Illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she grew to love the trees and wildlife that surrounded her. That love is now expressed through her colorful paintings and drawings. She is a prolific collector of old and unusual things, including bits of nature, and surrounds herself with these things in her home and studio. She lives and works in San Francisco.

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