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Alvin Langdon Coburn 
Vortograph (Ezra Pound) 
1917 
  
Gelatin silver print 
George Eastman Museum 
 
LL/33197 
  
Is this dynamically composed, robotlike image a golem that protects its master, or does it portray the lost belief in the goodness of the machine? Even though the print is not sharp, this angular machine-age image seems to possess an inhuman sense of strength capable of uncircumspect destruction. Ezra Pound's head is disembodied and appears to be almost sticking on a pike. There is also a hint of a swastika foreshadowing Pound's later embrace of facism. 
 

 
  
 
  
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