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Alvin Langdon Coburn (American, 1882-1966)

Alvin Langdon Coburn, the youngest member of Stieglitz's Photo-Secession, was first introduced to Pictorialist photographers by his relative F. Holland Day. Coburn, who was born in Boston, studied with Arthur Wesley Dow in Ipswich, Massachusetts from 1903 to 1904, and seven years later spent several months with Dow in the Grand Canyon. In New York, Coburn sought similar vantage points, creating the modernist series, "New York From Its Pinnacles" (1912). He studied photogravure in England, publishing his gravure portfolio, London, in 1909. Also known for abstract "vortograph" portraits of Ezra Pound (1917), he pursued life as a freemason and member of the Church of Wales after WWI, returning to photography in the 1950s.
- Paul Butt

Selected Bibliography
Coburn, Alvin Langdon. Alvin Langdon Coburn An Autobiography. New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1978.

Coburn, Alvin Langdon, Karl Steinorth, Karl, Newhall, Nancy, et al. Alvin Langdon Coburn Photographs 1900-1924. Zurich, New York: Edition Stemmle, 1998.

Weaver, Mike. "Alvin Langdon Coburn Symbolist Photographer." Aperture (n.104, Fall 1986).


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