Alvin Langdon Coburn (June 11, 1882 – November 23, 1966) was an early 20th-century photographer who became a key figure in the development of American pictorialism. He became the first major photographer to emphasize the visual potential of elevated viewpoints and later made some of the first completely abstract photographs. Life
Alvin Langdon Coburn British, born United States ca. 1910 Not on view Coburn was mesmerized by the electrified arc lamps of Midtown Manhattan. "It is only at twilight," he wrote in 1911, "that the city reveals itself to me in the fulness [sic] of its beauty, when the arc lights on the Avenue click into being.
Artist: Alvin Langdon Coburn (British, Boston, Massachusetts 1882–1966 Wales) Author: H. G. Wells (British, Bromley, Kent 1866–1946 London) Publisher: Brentano's Publisher: Gerald Duckworth and Company (British) Printer: Ballantyne & Co. (Edinburgh and London) Date: 1910 Medium: Photogravures
27 works online Alvin Langdon Coburn Portrait of Edward Steichen 1901 Various Artists, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Unidentified photographer, Edward Steichen Album containing photographs, drawings and clippings c. 1901 Alvin Langdon Coburn Self-Portrait 1905 Alvin Langdon Coburn Self Portrait 1905 Alvin Langdon Coburn
Alvin Langdon Coburn British, born United States 1912 Not on view Couched in the soft velvety nap of the platinum paper, composed in the languid lines of Art Nouveau, and softly focused, this photograph of New York's Madison Square employs many elements of Pictorialism at its best.
Alvin Langdon Coburn; Norman Hall Collection, London (1962); Marlborough Gallery, New York; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, May 5, 1976 Learn more about this artwork Timeline of Art History
Alvin Langdon Coburn's work traces photography's transition from Pictorialism to modernism at the turn of the century. Born in Boston, he was given his first camera at the age of eight, but did not photograph seriously until he met F. Holland Day in 1898. Day encouraged Coburn to pursue photography and asked his help in preparing the exhibition ...