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Photograph, Edith and Alvin Langdon Coburn, Grace and E. McKnight Kauffer

This is a Photograph. It was subject: E. McKnight Kauffer. It is dated 1916. Its medium is gelatin silver print. It is a part of the department.

In the summer of 1916, the Kauffers rented a cottage in the same village as their friends the Coburns. Alvin Langdon Coburn was a celebrated portrait photographer, but he and Kauffer spent the season experimenting with abstraction. Coburn created a series of “vortographs,” including the one shown below. These abstract works sparked a great deal of controversy among Coburn’s fellow photographers.

It is credited Simon Rendall.

Its dimensions are

H x W (approx.): 12.7 × 17.8 cm (5 × 7 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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