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  • COBURN Alvin Langdon
    1882 Boston - 1966 Colwyn Bay






    American-English photographer



  • 1898: First photos.

  • 1899-1900: Together with F. Holland Day, organized the exhibition "American pictorial Photography". As an exponent of Pictorialism, he was convinced that photography could be as expressive a medium as painting.

  • 1900: Travelled to Europe.

  • 1902: Founding member of the Photo-secession. Specialized in portrait photography. Photographed numerous famous artists, authors and actors including Rodin, Henry James and Mark Twain.

  • 1910: Published 20 photos in Stieglitz's Camera Work.

  • 1912-1928: Worked as photographer in London.

  • 1916: Together with Gertrude Kaesebier and Clarence H. White, sets up the group Pictorial Photographers of America.

  • 1917: Inspired by Cubism, produced his first abstract photos.

  • 1917/8: Joined the Vorticists.

  • 1931: Gave up photography.

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