Building the Brutal
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Building the Brutal


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Building The Brutal showcases never-before-seen photographs of the final construction of the most iconic Brutalist building in the country.

Photographer Peter Bloomfield was commissioned by the first Managing Director of the Barbican Centre to photograph the completion of the Barbican and recently gifted his entire collection of over 1,400 negatives to the arts centre.

The rediscovered archive reveals the ambition and scale of the construction of what The Queen called 'one of the modern wonders of the world'; from trees being craned into the conservatory to the hand-finishing of the structure's famously textured concrete walls.

The book includes a foreword by Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts at the Barbican, and a feature on Peter Bloomfield.

A larger selection of images, including shots of the workforce and plans of the site, can be explored on the Building The Brutal site.

  • Paperback, 96 pages
  • 70 colour and black and while images
  • Dimensions: 210x270mm