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Old Industrial Photo Series in Reykjavík Museum

The second part of Leifur Thorsteinsson’s 2011 photo series opened in the Reykjavík Museum of Photography last week.

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The series includes 15 pictures which he took at the old Landsmidjan smithy, which has since been demolished, for the 1966 Industrial Exhibition in Reykjavík.

Some of the photographs weren’t exhibited then because the work methods were considered too old fashioned. These pictures are therefore considered a valuable historical source.

They show people working, the facilities at Landsmidjan and the interplay of light and shadow in the smithy. Thorsteinsson used natural light, which falls onto the dark tools inside the smithy that had been neatly organized after a long work day.

“One can say the light creates a certain air of mystery but at the same time calls forth serenity and calm. In spite of the environment being restless and dirty, it is also beautiful and thoroughly organized,” a press release describes.

The exhibition runs until May 8.

Visit the museum’s website for further information.

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