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Does that heavy cornice look familiar?

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Does that heavy cornice look familiar? Yes, somewhere inside that snowdrift is Le Corbusier's Villa Schwob, built in La Chauxde-Fonds in 1916. Such images of Corb's home town, part-submerged beneath the white stuff, form one part of a book by Swiss photographer Thomas Flechtner, Snow (Lars Müller Publishers, £58. ISBN 3-907078-49-7).

If snow can simplify the world, and make the mundane briefly beautiful, its more malign quality is conspicuous in another section shot on Alpine passes. Here avalanches threaten and all bearings are lost. The last sequence, where Flechtner stares into the distance across the wastes of Greenland and Iceland, is in the line of Caspar David Friedrich, but shorn of his religious consolations - the bleakness is palpable. The book's price properly reflects its production values; a less costly version in a smaller format is promised for the future.

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