Alvin Langdon Coburn was born into a middle-class family in Boston in 1882. His first camera was given to him by his uncles when he was eight years old. Thus began his venture into photography as a means of artistic expression In 1899 he moved with his mother to London and soon after had his first exhibition with the Linked Ring Brotherhood in 1900. The Linked Ring was an organization founded in 1892 by a group of photographers that included H.P. Robinson, George Davison, and H. H. H. Cameron, Julia Margaret Cameron's son. The three interlinked rings that were the symbol of the Brotherhood had Masonic overtones and

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