Cameron, Julia M.
Coburn, Alvin L.
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Biography: Alvin Langdon Coburn was born in 1882 in Boston.
He was fortunate to be born into a middle- class family. His first
camera was given to him as a gift from his uncle when he was only
eight years old. This began his journey of photography as a means
of artistic expression. He studied with Steichen and DeMachy in
Paris in 1901. He came back to the U.S. after a year and opened
a studio in New York. Coburn studied with Gertrude Kasebier in
his studio, she was considered the great Madonna figure n the
history of photography.
Many of his images from 1903-1909 were featured in Camera Work,
a fine photographic magazine that was published by Stieglitz.
This, along with many exhibits and shows that exposed Coburn's
work, made him very well known in England. He photographed cities,
landmarks, and occasionally some portraits. His favorites were
the photographs of cities. His images were the first to draw attention
to the possibilities of patterns in nature. The only tool that
Coburn used was his camera. This made his work fundamental, but
excellent. He was called the greatest photographer in the world
by George Bernard Shaw. Coburn went through many periods in his
life, in which he tried to discover who he truly was. Alvin Langdon
Coburn died in 1966. Today he is known and remembered as an outstanding
artist. We benefit from many of his images and his efforts.
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