Jun 18, 2018
Jun 18, 2018
Jun 18, 2018

Imogen and Twinka

Imogen and Twinka


Judy Dater

(American, 1941-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.3 x 19.1 cm (9 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.); Paper: 24.3 x 19.1 cm (9 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.); Mounted: 45.7 x 35.4 cm (18 x 13 15/16 in.)

Gift of Tom E. Hinson and Diana S. Tittle 2017.228



This iconic double portrait shows the famed nonagenarian photographer Imogen Cunningham coming upon the young model Twinka Thiebaud in the woods of Yosemite. Dater’s composition is inspired by, and reacts against, Thomas Hart Benton’s painting of Persephone of 1939. In her photograph, voyeurism gives way to an exchange of gazes between age and youth, human and possible nymph.

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