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Alvin Langdon Coburn 
1909 (ca) 
Museum of London 
© Museum of London 
An American art photographer of independent means, Coburn spent some time in London before settling here in 1912. He learnt the photogravure process at the London County Council School of Photo-Engraving between 1906 and 1909 and acquired his own printing presses to make photogravure illustrations for his books. Coburn was a leading member of the international pictorialist movement, which had considerable influence over the status of photography as an art-form during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Like many pictorialists he was influenced by the work of the impressionist painters, notably fellow-American, James McNeill Whistler. A selection of Coburn's London views, including this one, were published under the title, London, in 1909. 
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