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The Museum of Avant-garde

Alvin Langdon Coburn

USA (1882—1966)
American born Coburn discovered his love for photography at very early age, thanks to a Kodak camera as birthday gift. His talent was immediately recognised by his contemporary well known photographers. In 1902 at the age of 20, Coburn had already opened his studio in New York and would become soon after a member of Photo Secession and The Linked Ring, both influential associations of photographers highly regarded in US and in UK. He moved to London in 1912 and created his Vortographs, inspired by the Vorticism and his new interest in abstraction. In these years he also discovered mysticism, metaphysics and Druidism. By 1930 he decided to abandon photography and donated most of his films. He was awarded by the Royal Photographic Society. He spent the rest of his life in Wales, until his death in 1966.

The octopus, New York

Original photography / Photogravure / 14.8 x 19.5 cm / 1912

Station roofs, Pittsburgh

Original photography / Photogravure / 19.5 x 14.8 cm / 1910

London Bridge

Original photography / Photogravure / 13.6 x 17.4 cm / 1905

Court of the hotel

Original photography / Photogravure / 16.3 x 19.6 cm / 1906

Long Beach, California

Original photography / Photogravure / 15.4 x 19.6 cm / 1911

G.K. Chesterton

Original photography / Photogravure / 16.3 x 19.2 cm / 1904

William Butler Yeats

Original photography / Photogravure / 13.2 x 17.3 cm / 1908

Vortograph

Original photography / Photogravure / 16.3 x 19.6 cm / 1917

House of a thousand windows

Original photography / Photogravure / 16.3 x 19.5 cm / 1912

Roofs, Paris

Original photography / Photogravure / 19.5 x 15.1 cm / 1913

Pillars of smoke, Pittsburgh

Original photography / Photogravure / 19.5 x 14.8 cm / 1910

The cloud, Yosemite

Original photography / Photogravure / 12.3 x 18.3 cm / 1911

Mark Twain

Original photography / Photogravure / 16.3 x 19.6 cm / 1908

Portland Place, London

Original photography / Photogravure / 19.6 x 16.2 cm / 1906

The Great Temple, Grand Canyon

Original photography / Photogravure / 19.5 x 15.3 cm / 1911

Arnold Dolmetsch

Original photography / Photogravure / 16.4 x 19.6 cm / 1916