Eye of the World is a small, but choice, selection of photographs taken by Shotaro Shimomura XXI (1883-1944) on a trip around the world in 1934 and 1935. His work combines the best elements of the Pictorialist and Modernist styles current in the 1930s. More photographs HERE.


“Magasin du Nord of Copenhagen, Denmark”
Silver-Gelatine Print (1883-1944), 6″ x 8″.


To emphasize the angularity of this Art Deco composition, the photographer waited until 9 o’clock to make his exposure — a time when the hands of the clock appear at a right angle.




~ by eaesthete on 06/19/09.

4 Responses to “”

  1. Thinking of the hands of the clock is the kind of thing that makes the difference between being clever and being something really special.

  2. For North Americans, the 20th century was marked by this grandiose elegance – with a stark rejection of earlier aesthetic values. Today, we see this obsession played out to the opposite scale – nanotechnologies, virtual modalities – almost intangible to the naked eye, yet profoundly significant.

    What will we become…

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