of the week #9: Alvin Langdon Coburn

20th century master photographers

This week’s top photography spot is held by photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn. Born in Boston, USA in 1882, Coburn was introduced to Pictorialist photography by his cousin, F. Holland Day.

Photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn: Ezra Pound Portrait (1917)

Have you ever heard of Vorticism?  Coburn’s work famously incorporates the vorticist movement; Coburn became a main exponent of vortigraphs following the artist Wynham Lewis‘ invention of the term published in ‘Blast: Review of the Great English Vortex.’

Photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn: Vortograph

Alvin Langdon Coburn’s signature imagery  involves using mirrors to create a distorted prism-effect of the subject; think Cubism mixed with photography. “The abstract images are based on the kaleidoscope and involves clamping three mirrors together so they face one another to form a hollow triangular prism through which objects and  placed and photographed.”

Photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn: Vortograph

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