Alvin Langdon Coburn
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he worked in Britain, becoming a a British subject in 1932 and building a house in Harlech in North Wales where he lived 1918-45, before moving to Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay, on the north coast of Wales.
In 1912 he married Edith Wightman Clement of Boston and they moved to England.
He then became interested in the occult. From 1923-1930 he became fully devoted to the Hermetic Truth Society and the Order of Ancient Wisdom. After 1930 he made abstract photographs in the same vein as Minor White. He was also a member of The Linked Ring Brotherhood.
In 1931 he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
He created two books of collected portraits: Men of Mark (1913) and More Men of Mark (1922), and an autobiography.