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Alvin Langdon Coburn

Waterloo Bridge from London Bridge, London 1903 | Limited edition modern Platinum Palladium prints | 28.5 cm x 22.6 cm | Courtesy of 31 Studio / The George Eastman House / The °CLAIR Gallery.

The °CLAIR Gallery now represents the oeuvre of Alvin Langdon Coburn, one of the pioneers of American photography and one of the transformative figures of early 20th century art.

Coburn was born June 11, 1882 in Boston. His early work was admired by Frederick H. Evans and he went on to study under Edward Steichen in Paris. His portraits of figures such as G.K. Chesterton, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Henry James established him as a master of literary portraiture, a reputation that was further enhanced when George Bernard Shaw wrote the preface to his first major catalogue. Coburn was also a vital part of the pictorialism movement and his cityscapes of London and New York remain some of the most evocative images ever recorded of those cities.

“Alvin Langdon Coburn stands amid the pantheon of great photographers and it is a true honor to be working with his archives,” said °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn.

These exquisite prints of Coburn’s photographs are the result of a special collaboration with 31 Studio, one of the world’s foremost platinum and platinum-palladium printers. 31 Studio also works with the °CLAIR Gallery for the Lee Miller archival prints.

A revealing reflection on the life and work of Alvin Langdon Coburn can be read *here*.

Purchase Information

The featured image is ‘Waterloo Bridge from London Bridge’, London, 1903. Limited edition modern Platinum Palladium prints. 28.5 cm x 22.6 cm. Courtesy of 31 Studio/The George Eastman House/ °CLAIR Gallery. °CLAIR Gallery exclusive.

All purchase inquiries must be made through email to °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn:  anna@clair.me


Philippe Halsman

Steichen jumpPhilippe Halsman is one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century and has created some of the most iconic portraits in modern history. The °CLAIR Gallery will be showing a collection of vintage prints including the sublime portrait of the photographer Edward Steichen pictured above.

“It is an honour to work with the Halsman Archive,” noted °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn. “His oeuvre represents the very pinnacle of photography and as an artist he is an ideal addition to the portfolio of acclaimed photographers already represented by °CLAIR.”

Philippe Halsman was born in Riga, Latvia in 1906. He left engineering school to pursue his first passion of photography and initially worked in Paris where he photographed such notable figures as André Gide, Marc Chagall, and Le Corbusier. At the outset of World War II, Halsman was able to obtain a visa to America with the help of Albert Einstein and began working in New York City. He eventually became a photographer for LIFE and holds a record of having shot 101 covers for the magazine. Over his career, he took portraits of an incredible array of personalities including Einstein, Dali, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Bridgette Bardot, and Winston Churchill. He died in New York City in 1979. A poignant autobiography by Halsman can be read here.

°CLAIR Gallery will present the exclusive vintage Halsman prints at ART Paris 2014 from March 27 to 30 at the Grand Palais. More information about the event can be found here.

The Philippe Halsman, Astonish Me! exhibition is currently being shown at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. The exhibition will also be shown at the Galerie nationale de Jeu du Paume in Paris in 2015.

Purchase information: 

The Philippe Halsman images seen on this website are available exclusively through the °CLAIR Gallery (St.Paul de Vence, France & Munich, Germany). Inquiries: info@clair.me