Alvin Langdon Coburn received his first camera as a gift for his eighth birthday. He later studied photography with his cousin, F. Holland Day, 1898, and worked in the studio of Gertrude Kasebier, 1902-1903. In 1912 he emigrated to Britain and in 1932 became a naturalized citizen. Coburn abandoned photography between the years 1922-1955, but resumed photographic activity on a visit to Madeira, Spain ca.1956-1957. A founder of the Pictorial Photographers of America in 1916, he was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1931.


  • Title: The Octopus, New York
  • Creator: Alvin Langdon Coburn
  • Creator Lifespan: 1882 - 1966
  • Creator Nationality: British, b. United States
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rhos-on-Sea, Wales
  • Creator Birth Place: Boston, MA
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Location Created: New York City, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w32.2 x h42.3 cm (Image)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: © George Eastman House, George Eastman House Collections
  • Medium: platinum print
  • Place Part Of: United States
  • Materials Extent: complete
  • Inscriptions: No inscription
  • Credit line: Bequest of the photographer
  • Credit Line Source: George Eastman House
  • Credit Line Extent: complete

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