The blue glow of the Flatiron Building at twilight

When the Flatiron Building opened in 1902, this graceful steel-frame skyscraper was a symbol of 20th century urban power and progress.

Two years later, pioneering photographer Edward Steichen created this photo of the Flatiron. He gave the image a blue glow during printing to make it evocative of twilight. And with the tree branches and puddles of rain in the foreground, he juxtaposed the made-made tower with powerful elements of the natural world.

“Steichen may have been drawing on his knowledge of Japanese prints, in which similar natural and built features exist harmoniously,” states this Middlebury College Museum of Art page. Japanese woodblock prints were all the rage at the time.

[Photo: Metmuseum]

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6 Responses to “The blue glow of the Flatiron Building at twilight”

  1. bo Says:

    Reblogged this on Bobbi's Blog.

  2. tipandjaminwonderland Says:

    Beautiful photo.

  3. John Kissel Says:

    Wow! That is such a good photo it looks like a painting 🙂

    Wonderful image

  4. The Hatching Cat (@HatchingCatNYC) Says:

    I’d love to have this photo on my wall — it looks as if people are in a boat.

  5. Shensea Says:

    Reblogged this on Shensea.

  6. David H Lippman Says:

    Fantastic photo of one of my favorite New York buildings.

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