Vortogaphy experiments from others

Whilst doing my research on vorticism and vortographs I have found so photographers who have done some vortograph experiements. The images below were taken and created by a photographer and printmaker called Wilson Hurst. I like his photographs because they resemble Alvin Langdon Coburn, and it is interesting to look at a modern version of them in colour. Also this looks like the kalaedescope look/effect was done during production as opposed to post production like Kawahara Kazuhiko’s work

Another person I found is a blogger and amateur photographer who just goes by their blog name of Canoe Communications. What I like about this work is that they have experimented with nature and vortographs. I have been thinking about nature inspired photography but had been having trouble visualising how it would work and what it would look like. Therefore looking at this person’s work has provided inspiration. You can also see the pictorialist/Alfred Stieglitz inspirationin some of the images.

The third person that I looked at is Tess Wyatt who took some vortographs by creating a kaleidoscope made out of styrene glass. They took pictures of flowers, crotchet and other things that they were interested in. Looking at these there photographers works has made me start to think about whether I’d want to create my vortographs post production or during production. And if I was to do it during production which materials who I need to make my own ‘vortoscope’ and how I would take the photographs.

These three examples that I have looked at has helped me realise that vortographs don’t strictly have to look the same and so industrial like some of Coburn’s vortographs.







Vorticism & Vortographs

Vorticism was a short lived avant garde movement coined by Ezra Pound in 1913. The aim was to create art that expressed the dynamism of the modern world. It was the British equivalent of futurism and it was partly inspired by cubism. Vorticism was expressed in abstract compositions of bold lines, sharp angles and planes.

Below are examples of vorticist art

A photographer called Alvin Langdon Coburn joined a group of vorticists, which is when he started experimenting with what he called vortographs, which are abstract pictures taken through a triangular tunnel of mirrors called a vortoscope. Vortographs were the first completely abstract kind of photography. Coburn was also a figure in the development of pictorialism. He created 18 different kind of photographs in some theme he used Pound and other vorticists artists. When he exhibited them at the Camera Club in 1917 which received mixed reviews from people including Pound and Alfred Stieglitz who rejected some of Coburn’s prints for a show he was putting together (Stieglitz was a well known figure in the pictorialist movement and trying to make photography an art form) In the past however Ezra Pound had described Coburn’s photographs as to have “leapt beyond the “stale and suburban” style of pictorialism, freed the camera from the representation of reality, and brought photography on a par with modern abstract painting.” Coburn later withdrew from the vorticism movement and towards the end of his life photography all together, as a result of the critical reception from his show and ‘schism’ between him and Pound.

Below are some vortographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn and some modern vortographs








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