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The Fireplace

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Pictorialism was a movement in photography that spanned the turn of the 20th century. Americans who contributed to the movement included Edward Steichen, whose image of the Flatiron Building in NYC may be among the best known. “Fireplace” is by amateur British photographer J. Peyton, about who I’ve not been able to learn very much. In the meantime, however, this evocative setting brought the anti-ornamental notions of Adolf Loos to mind [been talking a lot about him with Tommy Schmidt], who I have wanted to introduce to Agincourt for some time. What do you think about hybridizing these two ideas: pictorialism and Loos.


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