Coffin is known as one of Vogue's "lost" photographers.
For over a decade, he produced some of its most elegant fashion pictures.
His portraits are equally fascinating as a document of art and society across the globe in the early post-war years. As well as covering the couture collections for Vogue on two memorable occasions (1948 and 1954), he took one of the few photographs of Christian Dior at his inaugural 'New Look' collection in 1947. He also nurtured the careers of a generation of models including Barbara Goalen and Suzy Parker, and discovered Elsa Martinelli and Audrey Hepburn, who modelled for him before turning to acting. Many of his sitters were captured at the outset of their careers: Truman Capote and Arthur Miller (1948), Gore Vidal (1949), Lucian Freud and Richard Attenborough (1947), as well as more established figures such as Gloria Swanson and Ernest Hemingway.