Alvin Langdon Coburn / Grand Canyon / 1912Alvin Langdon Coburn
Grand Canyon

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Creator Name: Coburn, Alvin Langdon
Creator Nationality: British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1882 - 1966
Biography: Alvin Langdon Coburn British, b. United States, 1882-1966Born in Boston and later naturalized a British citizen, Alvin Langdon Coburn received his first camera at age eight. Ten years later, encouraged by his cousin -- the idiosyncratic, yet highly talented photographer F. Holland Day-Coburn showed his work in a major London exhibition. In 1902-3 he was a founding member of the Photo-Secession and the Linked Ring, two of the most important photographic organizations of their time. His work in the medium continued at a high level for the next quarter century. Coburn was influenced not only by Day, but also by painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler, the impressionists, and Japanese woodblock prints, championed by his teacher Arthur Wesley Dow and Boston scholar Ernest Fenellosa. His artistic background allowed him to accept modernism as well. Although a founding member of the Pictorial Photographers of America in 1916 with Gertrude Käsebier and Clarence H. White, the following year Coburn made some of the first abstract photographs as a part of the vorticist movement, through which he became associated with Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound. Coburn produced a wide range of work, both in subject and style. Technically proficient, he excelled at the gravure process, producing large editions of original prints for portfolios and books. Among his collaborators were Henry James and H. G. Wells. Although Coburn abandoned photography from the mid-1920s to the mid-1950s, his work continued to be influential, and he took up the medium again near the end of his life. T.W.F.
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: United States of America, Boston, MA 6/11/1882
Creator Death Place: Rhos-on -Sea, Wales 10/23/1966
Creator Name-CRT: Alvin Langdon Coburn
Title: Grand Canyon
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1912
Creation End Date: 1912
Creation Date: 1912
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photograph
Materials and Techniques: platinum print
Dimensions: Image: 41cm x 31.4cm, Mounted: 42.1cm x 32.1cm
Inscriptions: written in pencil on verso: "Acc 67: /57:29 (COPY A) C658"; (?) 29 copy A "23.74"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2002.51
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Style or Period: England, 20th century
AMICA ID: CMA_.2002.51
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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