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. 
 I affirm that any sort of photograph is superior to any sort of painting aiming at the same result. 
 What we need in photography is more sincerity, more respect for our medium and less respect for its decayed conventions. (1916) 
 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 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) 
 I have not attempted to do anything eccentric in the way of portrayals, but I have studied my men and their works with enthusiasm, and in each instance I have tried to catch and reveal the elusive something that differentiates a man of talent from his fellows, and makes life worth while, worth struggling with towards ever great understanding. (1913) 
 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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