'The Singer Building, Noon', New York, c 1910.
© NMeM / Royal Photographic Society / Science & Society Picture Library
The Singer sewing machine company's headquarters was built in 1908 and was the tallest building in New York at the time. It was demolished in 1968. Photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn, born USA, naturalised UK. By 1917, Coburn was a precursor of the Modernist movement in photography, having mastered, and improved, practically every form of photography available. For the first 10 years of the twentieth century, he travelled between England and the USA, photographing notables such as Mark Twain, Yeats, Shaw and Matisse as well as New York, London, Paris, Edinburgh and Yosemite.