Alvin Langdon Coburn, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edinburgh

  title={Alvin Langdon Coburn, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edinburgh},
  author={Tom Normand},
  journal={History of Photography},
  pages={45 - 59}
  • T. Normand
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • History, Art
  • History of Photography
Abstract This essay explores the meaning and significance of Alvin Langdon Coburn's photographs of Edinburgh. These images were taken in 1905 as illustrations for Robert Louis Stevenson's romantic panorama of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes, first published in 1878. Stevenson and Coburn never met, but the photographer was enthralled by the writer's recollections of his ‘precipitous city’. Coburn, like Stevenson, favoured ‘Old Town’ Edinburgh. His fascination with the medieval…