At nearly 120 metres tall, the Park Row Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world from 1899 when it was built until 1908, when it was surpassed by the Singer Building. 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.
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