Now this is clever. Made me smile. Assuming no foreknowledge and without Googling, any of you historians of photography care to take a guess as to what this is?
The title would give it away, so I'll post it later.
(Thanks to Roni)
UPDATE: Well, I thought as I went to bed last night that I'd give a few more people a chance to guess, even though Rob Atkins had already correctly guessed by that time (he was the first, although his comment beat a reader named Dan by a mere four seconds). As you've seen if you've checked the comments, that backfired on me a bit! At least it proves many readers are well informed about the photographers of the Düsseldorf School. Here's the page that Roni originally sent me the link to.
By the way, the title of the Idris Khan piece is "Every...Bernd And Hilla Becher Spherical Type Gasholders." It's a composite, à la Corinne Vionnet, of the individual images in the Becher piece below, or one similar to it (I'm not sure).
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Featured Comment by Mike Sebastian: "Is it the Hindenburg? Or some other dirigible? Or maybe a front view of a submarine?"
Featured Comment by Ron: "I'll take a wild guess and say it's the atomic bomb 'Fatman' at the Trinity test site."
Featured Comment by Lynn: "A gas ball? Used to have one like this nearby painted like a supersize golf ball until they sold the land and removed it."
Featured Comment by David in Sydney: "Is it a view of the world from the moon showing the steppes?"
Featured Comment by Steven House: "Back of someone's (famous) head looking out through some curtains."
Featured Comment by MJFerron: "Definitely a rocket propelled onion about to take off."
Featured Comment by aizan: "The world's biggest ball of twine/rubber bands/wire."
Featured Comment by Antony Shepherd: "Isn't that James Cagney at the top shouting 'Made it ma! Top of the world!' "
Featured Comment by richardplondon: " 'Look ma, I'm on top of the worrrld....' I forget the name of the film ['White Heat,' 1949 —Ed.]—James Cagney on top of a natural gas or oil storage tank, full of bulletholes (him, not the tank)."
Featured Comment by Tim Bradshaw: "A nuclear reactor?"
Featured Comment by Adrien: "A work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction...."
Featured Comment by Jim Freeman: "It's an x-ray of Mike's tooth, taken a moment before it blew."
Featured Comment by Roger Bradbury: "It's a water tower at the site where Kodak used to make Kodachrome. I can't wait, I'm going to have to Google it NOW!"
And the winning comment is....
Featured Comment by Kevin: "A Hilla and Bernd Becher print for collectors with limited wall space."