Pictorialism and industry: Alvin Langdon Coburn in Manchester

Mark Crinson

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In the early 1920s, Alvin Langdon Coburn made a series of photographs in the city of Manchester, England. This little known work was commissioned by local industrialists, elected officials and a gentleman's club. Coburn's photographs illustrated the sponsor's promotional books and brochures. These photographs of the city open up a number of issues which are addressed in this essay: the attraction of pictorialist photography to Manchester's industrialists and leaders, the integrity of an artist's commercial work, notions of worker-employee relations, and the connection between the use of photography and the changing economic fortunes of Manchester. © 2006 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-171
Number of pages16
JournalHistory of Photography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966)
  • England
  • Industry and photography
  • Photography - Manchester
  • Pictorialism
  • Urban photography


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