Evolving Urban Landscapes // BRIDGE

Philippe Elsworthy, “Woman Hanging Laundry,” 1970

Elsworthy’s early photographs are in black and white, many of them tinted with watercolours, imbuing their everyday subject matter with a sense of nostalgia. “Woman Hanging Laundry,” for instance, captures its titular subject in an ordinary act that is an uncommon sight these days. Early on in his photographic career, Elsworthy noted the frequent juxtaposition created between residential and industrial architecture in the region, an element demonstrated perfectly in this photograph. Behind the clothes moving in the wind is a clapboard house, which is further backgrounded by the Reschmann Button Factory.

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