Imogen Cunningham educated herself about plants and flowers after she began to photograph cacti and other succulents in her backyard in Oakland, California.
“Her Magnolia Blossom is great, but she made a hundred magnolias—literally 100 negatives of magnolias—that she threw away,” says her son Rondal Partridge. “When we were kids we used to throw her rejected negatives into the fireplace—the nitrates would explode—hundreds, thousands. God, how I wish we hadn’t.
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