Men of mark

Collection History

This digital collection offers the portraits taken by American-born photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966) primarily in England, where he moved in 1904, and published in handsome editions in England and the United States. The volumes, portraying contemporary key figures from before World War I into the postwar era, carry on a tradition (and the “Men of Mark” title) begun at least a generation earlier.


Coburn had a special affinity for seeing his work in printed form, having absorbed the credo of Alfred Stieglitz that a fine photogravure was the best expression of some images. He produced other titles of New York and London scenes; illustrated literature; and most ambitiously, collaborated with Henry James for the frontispieces of the author’s definitive collected works.

Related Resources

Bogardus, Ralph F. Pictures and texts: Henry James, A.L. Coburn, and new ways of seeing in literary culture (c1984) Studies in photography; no. 2.

Coburn, Alvin Langdon. Alvin Langdon Coburn, photographer: an autobiography; edited by Helmut and Alison Gernsheim (1978)

Collection Data

Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966 (Photographer)
Ballantyne Press (Printer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1913
Place: London, New York
Publisher: Duckworth; M. Kennerley
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: *KW+ 78-387
Biography -- 20th century
Content: Each portrait with a facsimile of the pertinent signature.
Physical Description
Extent: 30 p. 33 mounted ports.(photogravures) 32 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10588217
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 859ef0e0-c6d4-012f-9f33-3c075448cc4b
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