Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alvin Langdon Coburn: Pictorialist Pioneer of the United States – 31 Picturesque Vintage Photos Express His Photography Style in the Early 20th Century

Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. ... For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing or engraving, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer's realm of imagination.

Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882 – 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.

Here below is an amazing collection of picturesque vintage photos that shows his photography style clearly from between the 1900s and 1910s.

Above the Shinumo, Grand Canyon, 1911

After the Blizzard, 1906

Bridge, Cambridge, England, ca. 1905-12

Broadway and the Singer Building, Twilight, New York, 1913

Broadway at Night, New York, 1910

El Toro, 1906

Foggy Fifth Avenue from the Saint-Regis, 1905

From Westminster Bridge, 1910

Grand Canyon, 1911

House on the Hill, 1904

Houses of Parliament, 1910

Houses of Parliament, London, 1909

Leicester Square, 1910

Regent's Canal, 1910

Spider-webs, 1908

St Paul's Cathedral, 1908

The Bridge, Venice, 1908

The Edge of the Black Country, 1907

The Grand Canyon, 1912

The Great Temple, Grand Canyon, 1911

The Skyline, 1913

The Star, 1907

The Tower Bridge, 1910

The Tunnel Builders, 1909

Times Square (The Christmas Tree), 1912

Trafalgar Square, 1910

Unfinished Bridge, New York,

Vortograph of Ezra Pound, 1917

Wier's Close, Edinburgh, 1906

Williamsburg Bridge, 1913

Winter Shadows, 1903

(Photos by Alvin Langdon Coburn)

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