Alvin Langdon Coburn 1882 - 1966

born in:
Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States

First exhibited in London with the RPS in 1900. After studying in Paris, Coburn returned to his native America in 1902, where he opened a studio in New York. Between 1903 and 1909 many of his works were published in the journal 'Camera Work'. Coburn's impressionistic images were heavily influenced by the Linked Ring Brotherhood. In 1917 he pioneered vortographs, an abstract work produced using mirrors in a vortoscope, rather like a kaleidoscope. In 1930 he moved from the USA, to Harlech in north Wales and was naturalized as a British citizen in 1932. From 1923 to 1930 Coburn became completely devoted to the life of the Universal Order: a comparative religious group that had begun in 1911 as the Hermetic Truth Society and the Order of Ancient Wisdom. Elected member of the RPS in 1907, Admitted FRPS in 1913, Awarded Hon. FRPS in 1931, Member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood.