Photos - Fotos: Alvin Langdon Coburn - Part 1 - Bio data - Links

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Alvin Langdon Coburn -  Broadway at night 1910


Alvin Langdon Coburn -  From Westminster bridge 1909


Alvin Langdon Coburn - (British, b. United States 1882-1966) Waterfall, Yosemite, ca. 1911, platinum print, Bequest of the photographer, © George Eastman House


Alvin Langdon Coburn - Blue plaquen, American photographer who settled in Britain and became a British Citizen, on his home (1918-45) in Harlech, North Wales.


 Alvin Langdon Coburn (June 11, 1882 – November 23, 1966) was an early 20th-century photographer who became a key figure in the development of American pictorialism. He became the first major photographer to emphasize the visual potential of elevated viewpoints and later made some of the first completely abstract photographs.


Life
Childhood (1882–1899)

Coburn was born on June 11, 1882, at 134 East Springfield Street in Boston, Massachusetts, to a middle-class family. His father, who had established the successful firm of Coburn & Whitman Shirts, died when Alvin was seven. After that he was raised solely by his mother, Fannie, who remained the primary influence in his early life, even though she remarried when he was a teenager. In his autobiography, Coburn wrote, "My mother was a remarkable woman of very strong character who tried to dominate my life…It was a battle royal all the days of our life together."[1]

In 1890 the family visited his maternal uncles in Los Angeles, and they gave him a 4 x 5 Kodak camera. He immediately fell in love with the camera, and within a few years he had developed a remarkable talent for both visual composition and technical proficiency in the darkroom. When he was sixteen years old, in 1898, he met his cousin F. Holland Day, who was already an internationally known photographer with considerable influence. Day recognized Coburn’s talent and both mentored him and encouraged him to take up photography as a career.

At the end of 1899 his mother and he moved to London, where they met up with Day. Day had been invited by the Royal Photographic Society to select prints from the best American photographers for an exhibition in London. He brought more than a hundred photographs with him, including nine by Coburn – who at this time was only 17 years old. With the help of his cousin Coburn’s career took a giant first step.


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Alvin Langdon Coburn - Houses of parliament- 1909


Alvin Langdon Coburn - Leicester square 1909


Alvin Langdon Coburn - The Temple 2  1909



Alvin Langdon Coburn Self-portrait, 1905




Alvin Langdon Coburn 1882, Boston, Estados Unidos 1966, Gales, Reino Unido. Miembro del grupo "Photo-Secession desde 1904, optó por retratar la ciudad a diferencia de otros de los componentes del grupo, que se especializaron en retratos, desnudos y paisajes más típicos de la fotografía pictorialista.

Junto con Steichen y Stieglitz entre otros, encontraba sus temas fotográficos en los puentes y los rascacielos, consecuencia de la vitalidad de la vida urbana durante los primeros años del siglo XX. Consideraba la cámara como el único instrumento, y la fotografía el único medio capaz de retener los constantes cambios de la ciudad moderna.

La variedad de su temática animó las actividades del grupo Secession durante sus primeros años, a pesar de sus constantes viajes a Inglaterra. Aunque su fuerte eran las platinotipias y copias en goma bicromatada también trabajó el grabado, de tal manera que en 1909 abrió su propia imprenta en Londres.

Utilizó una visión abstracta, nunca antes utilizada. Publicó libros sobre sus fotograbados. Pero a partir de 1917 su nueva afición por la fotografía mística y religiosa le hizo apartarse de la línea con la que se hizo famoso.

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