'Such a beautiful nuance that black and white photography holds'

EUGENE, Ore. - The photographs are black and white.

"There's just such a beautiful nuance that black and white photography holds," Paula Goodbar at Emerald Art Center said.

The camera photographer Imogen Cunningham used in the 1920s and 1930s was immense compared to today's tiny digital models.

"You stand behind it, you put a black cloth over your head and you look through the lens, directly through the lens, and then take one photo, take out the negative then replace that," said Meg Partridge, Cunningham's granddaughter. "It was a very cumbersome process."

And a very long process.

"In the really old photographs, they look kind of upset and cranky," Goodbar said, "because they had to sit there for a very long time. They started improving in the thirties, with the speed of film, but not what like we have today where you can just snap a picture with two fingers."

Cunningham's work is on display at Emerald Art Center through December 28.

"These prints actually just came back from a European exhibit, so we're pleased to have them here," Partridge said.

"And I think to be reminded of where photography came from, and how it's evolving today, is something everyone could appreciate," Goodbar added.