Untitled [The Bubble]

Author: Alvin Langdon Coburn (British, born in the U.S.A., 1882-1966)
Date:
ca. 1908
Medium: Gum bichromate over platinum print
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In 1907, Coburn was invited by the American art collector Charles Lang Freer to photograph his collection of Asian art and prints by Whistler. That exposure to Japanese art and Japonism is evident in this portrait of Elsie “Toodles” Thomas dressed in a kimono and looking like a figure in a ukiyo-e print. Thomas is shown blowing a quivering bubble, a longstanding symbol of the transient nature of life frequently used by Pictorialist photographers. source