Covering a range of subjects on architecture and photography, books are regularly published based on the material in the British Architectural Library Photographs Collection. Many are written by the curators from the collection, with the most recent book being 'Puttin' on the Glitz', which looks at the Art Deco architecture of Britain in the inter-war period. Most of these are available for reference along with other publications from the Library, in the Library's Reading Room at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London.

As well as books, a selection of postcards and other merchandise based on the collection are also available. Items can be purchased from RIBA Bookshops or


Cambridge in Concrete

2012: Cambridge in Concrete

Puttin' on the Glitz

2011: Puttin' on the Glitz

Edwin Smith

2010: Edwin Smith

Henk Snoek

2009: Henk Snoek

Framing Modernism

2009: Framing Modernism

Evocations of Place

2007: Evocations of Place

Image and Experience; the Photography of John Donat

2007: John Donat

Great Buildings of London

2006: Buildings of London

Building with Light

2004: Building with Light

John Maltby

2000: John Maltby 

Eric de Maré

2000: Eric de Maré

Building a Better Tomorrow

2000: Building a Better Tomorrow

Photography takes Command

1994: Photography takes Command




Cambridge in Concrete: Images from the RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection

Drawing upon visual material from the Library, this book contains illustrated essays examining the concrete structures in Cambridge built between the 1950s and 1960s and their legacy. As well as embodying the optimistic and innovative spirit of architecture in the post-war period, these buildings are part of the hidden and misunderstood heritage of the city. The book accompanies an exhibition held at the University of Cambridge in 2012.

Editors: Marco Iuliano and Francois Penz
Publisher: Napoli: Paparo
ISBN: 9788897083399



'Puttin' on the Glitz': The Golden Years of Art Deco Architecture in Britain

The result of the Photographs Collection's hugely successful exhibition 'Puttin' on the Glitz: The Golden Years of Art Deco Architecture in Britiain', this book uses vintage photographs and drawings not seen in the exhibiton to explore Art Deco architecture at its peak during the inter-war years in Britain. Available online from from £23.95 (£30.95 hardback).

Authors: Justine Sambrook, Robert Elwall and Jonathan Makepeace



Edwin Smith

This book coincided with an exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery, which was a collaboration between the gallery and the Photographs Collection, looking at the work of Edwin Smith.  

Author: David Wootton; with an essay by Robert Elwall
Publisher: London: Beetles
ISBN: 9781905738250



Henk Snoek: Architectural Photography

Practising from the late 1950s until his death in 1980, Henk Snoek was admired for his 'facility of composing the most complex and intricate subject matter into a picture of great scale, formal clarity and tonal contrasts'. The Snoek archive in the Photographs Collection consists of 40,000 black and white negatives and colour transparencies representing the photographer's prolific career. This publication provides a comprehensive and fascinating overview of one of the most complete and significant archives of architectural photography in the 20th century. Available online from from £15.70 (£22.95 hardback).

Authors: Laura Whitton; introduction by Robert Elwall 

Framing Modernism: Architecture and Photography in Italy 1926 - 1965

A look at the impact of photography on the recording and development of Modernist architecture in Italy. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, 29 April - 21 June 2009 and curated by Robert Elwall and Valeria Carullo.

Authors: Robert Elwall and Valeria Carullo
Publisher: Estorick Foundation



Evocations of Place: the Photography of Edwin Smith

The first major study for over 20 years of one of Britain's greatest photographers. The chief source for this publication is Smith's collection of 60,000 negatives and 20,000 prints held in the Photographs Collection. 

Author: Robert Elwall
Publisher: Merrell in association with the RIBA Trust
ISBN: 9781858943732

Image and Experience; the Photography of John Donat

This book looks at the work of the photographer who transformed British architectural photography by applying to it lessons leant from photojournalism. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at the RIBA, London, 24 May - 4 July 2007.

Authors: Robert Elwall; with an essay by Peter Ahrends
Publisher: RIBA British Architectural Library



Great Buildings of London: Knowledge Cards

A pack of 48 cards with images of London's most prominent buildings on one side and details of their history, design and construction on the other. From venerable landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, Modernist icons such as the Penguin Pool at the London Zoo, and the latest marvels of modern technology, among them Swiss Re, are all covered using images from the Photographs Collection.

Author: Robert Elwall
Published: Pomegranate
ISBN: 0764940910



Building with Light: the International History of Architectural Photography

Shortlisted for the prestigious CICA and Sir Banister Fletcher book awards, this book looks at how photography has shaped the practice and study of architecture.

Author: Robert Elwall
Publisher: London: Merrell
ISBN: 1858942152



John Maltby: Images from the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects

This book is devoted to John Maltby (1910 - 80) an architectural photographer who produced some of the most enduringly evocative images of British architecture and design during the 20th century. Maltby rose to prominence during the 1930s, when the camera was influencing architectural practice. Maltby was closely allied to Lubetkin, one of the great modernist émigré architects working in Britain at the time. Maltby also recorded fashionable Art Deco style with a lucrative commission for Odeon Cinemas. After World War II and in stark contrast to the opulence of the Art Deco cinemas, his photographs of Alison and Peter Smithson's Hunstanton school were admired and reproduced around the world, while his commercial work helped to spread the popularity of the Contemporary look.

Author: Robert Elwall
Published: London: RIBA Publications
ISBN: 1859460828

Eric de Maré: Images from the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects

This book is devoted to Eric de Maré (1910 - 2002) was one of Britain's most important and influential architectural photographers. Having trained as an architect in the early 1930s, he subsequently dedicated his career to photography and writing and his compelling images played a leading role in the re-evaluation of British Modernism after the Second World War. The book outlines the life of the photographer and helps to paint an intriguing picture of some of the seminal moments in modern architecture through the superb archive of the Photographs Collection.

Author: Robert Elwall
Published: London: RIBA Publications
ISBN: 1859460836

Building a Better Tomorrow: Architecture of the 1950s

An introductory overview to a period that is now being increasingly studied, and in which there is burgeoning interest. The book is primarily visual, little-before-seen photographs have been chosen from the RIBA's collections to illustrate the important buildings and themes of the period. It covers the Festival of Britain's legacy; the heterogeneity of post-war modernism; the survival of traditional styles; education buildings; prefabrication; the New Town movement; and the New Brutalism.

Author: Robert Elwall
Publisher: Chichester: Wiley-Academy
ISBN: 0471987077



Photography takes Command: The Camera and British Architecture 1890 - 1939

The catalogue of the exhibition held at the RIBA Heinz Gallery 10 November - 29 December 1994. This book details the development of British architectural photography through images from the Photographs Collection.

Author: Robert Elwall
Publisher: London: RIBA Heinz Gallery
ISBN: 1872911358


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