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astragal Body in evidence

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Astragal is a great admirer of Italian architectural magazine Domus and so was distressed to see evidence of popularisation (or is it dumbing down?) on the latest cover. This is a photograph by Manuel Laval which, he says, 'brings three worlds together: nature, man and architecture'. The picture is, he claims, of an ancient tower in the grounds of the Villeroy & Boch factory in Saarland, and indeed there is a brick building in the background. But what occupies the foreground is a bronze-painted female torso, part Bill Brandt and part Pirelli calendar. Surely not what readers mean when they say there should be more people in architectural photographs?

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