Alvin Langdon Coburn: Photographs (Portfolio of 10 photographs)
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Alvin Langdon Coburn: Photographs. A portfolio published by The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, 1977. 10 silver gelatin prints printed from original Coburn negatives and processed according to archival standards by Michaela Allan Murphy. No. 93 in a hand-numbered edition limited to 200 copies. All prints on 11 x 14 in. paper, mounted on 14 x 17 in archival mats measure. Folio sized insert printed in letterpress on heavy archival paper contains an essay by William Jenkins. Paper over board clam shell case with gold title.

"Mr. Alvin Langdon Coburn is one of the most accomplished and sensitive artist-photographers now living. This seems impossible at his age--twenty-three; but as he began at eight, he has fifteen years technical experience behind him. Hence, no doubt, his remarkable command of the one really difficult technical process in photography--printing."--George Bernard Shaw, quoted in William Jenkins' introduction

According to Jenkins, the ten prints in this portfolio were intended to reflect Coburn's varied career as completely as possible within the fairly limited scope of ten prints. Portraiture is emphasized, as it was this genre for which he first became widely known. Included here are images of George Moore, W.B. Yeats, George Meredith and his daughters, and Elsie Thomas. Also included are photographs that demonstrate "Coburn's growing concern with abstraction which culminated in the Vortographs, the first completely non-representational photographs in the history of photography."

Prints in Very Fine condition; case with small split at upper joint (about 1 in./2.5 cm)
 Alvin Langdon Coburn: Photographs (Portfolio of 10 photographs)
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