Lecture | Alvin Langdon Coburn, the Great War, and the "World's First Abstract Photographs"


Lecture | Alvin Langdon Coburn, the Great War, and the "World's First Abstract Photographs"

Thursday, May 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm


Friend Center, Room 101

In 1917 the American photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn staged a show of eighteen photographs and thirteen watercolors at the London Camera Club. By looking at the context of what his friend Ezra Pound dubbed "Vortographs," this lecture will probe why Coburn sought to free his medium from reality (as he wrote) at this critical historical moment. Presented by Anne McCauley, who this spring will retire as the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art. Cosponsored by the Department of Art & Archaeology. 

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar "español" o el idioma de su elección.

LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970. Additional support for this program has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation.  

Alvin Langdon Coburn, Vortograph, 1916. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman House