Urban Brutalism (Three Photographs)
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Every modern city has in its practical and efficient modern architecture, some element of brutal minimalism. You can add fancy lamps and benches, but it’s still minimally finished steel and concrete. Acidic critique aside, getting photos of this type to have impact is an art. They can help to clarify thinking about light, leading lines, the use of shadows, contrast, mid tones and highlights. Margaret-Bourke White took the photo for the cover of Life Magazine’s first issue; it was from a story about a dam. You can see it here: Bourke Photo. I was given a copy of that magazine many years ago and that cover photo is something that I am reminded of often. It is both brutalist and beautiful.