Vortograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn (1917)

The “Vortograph” is a photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn created in 1917. This historic photograph is notable for being one of the earliest examples of abstract photography. The image is characterized by a series of geometric patterns, shapes, and fragmented lines, creating a sense of depth and movement that defies traditional representational photography.

The photograph features angular, sharp lines and contrasting dark and light areas, creating a kaleidoscopic effect. It appears to be a close-up or magnified view of what could be reflective surfaces or glass, presenting an abstract and fragmented form that could suggest the influence of cubism and futurism on Coburn’s work. The chaotic intersection of lines and shapes creates a dynamic composition that challenges the viewer’s perception, pushing the boundaries of photographic expression during the period it was captured.

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