Alvin Langdon Coburn
[Photographer, b. 1882, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 1966, Wales.]

 Why should not the camera throw off the shackles of conventional representation? (1916) 
 It is my hope that photography may fall in line with all the other arts and with her infinite possibilities, do things strange and more fascinating than the most fantastic dreams. 
 Photography is too easy in a superficial way, and in consequence is treated slightingly by people who ought to know better. One does not consider Music an inferior art simply because little Mary can play a scale. (1916) 
 I affirm that any sort of photograph is superior to any sort of painting aiming at the same result. 
 I wish to state here very emphatically that I do not believe in any sort of handwork or manipulations of a photographic print or negative. I would much rather have a hard, sharp, shiny, old-fashioned silver print... than the modern trash, half photography, half indifferent draughtsmanship... (1913) 
 What we need in photography is more sincerity, more respect for our medium and less respect for its decayed conventions. (1916) 
 Why, I ask you earnestly, need we go on making commonplace little exposures that may be sorted into groups of landscapes, portraits and figure studies? Think of the joy of doing something which it would be impossible to tell which was top and which was the bottom!... I do not think we have begun even to realize the possibilities of the camera. (1916) 
 Photography is the most modern of the arts, its development and practical usefulness extends back only into the memory of living men; in fact it is more suited to the art requirements of this age of scientific achievement than any other. (1908) 
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