Eric de Mare: The Functional Tradition

Eric de Maré : The Functional Tradition

Eric de Maré described architectural photography as “building with light” emphasizing the close relationship between the two disciplines of photography and architecture since 1839. He concentrated on previously neglected aspects of architecture particularly vernacular and industrial subjects which he and Jim Richards (editor of The Architectural Review) called the ‘Functional Tradition’. Through the pages of the AR this broadened our perception of where architecture might be found and culminated in the publication of The Functional Tradition in Early Industrial Buildings (1958) written by Richards and largely illustrated with de Maré’s photographs.

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RIBA5087Bullard and Sons' Anchor Brewery, Coslany Street, Norwich

 
RIBA5093St Chad's Mission Church, Blists Hill, Ironbridge, Shropshire

 
RIBA17256Boat store, Sheerness Naval Dockyard, Kent: detail of cast-iron framed facade


RIBA17320Devonport Naval Dockyard, originally known as Plymouth Dock: the south end of Number 27 Store

 
RIBA17340Sheerness Naval Dockyard, Kent: smithery extension with cast-iron frame

 
RIBA17353Arkwright's Masson Mills, Cromford, Derbyshire


RIBA17393Banks's Brewery, Langley, Worcestershire: the kiln-vents of the maltings

 
RIBA17400Cobb's Brewery, Margate, Kent: the approach from King Street leading to the circular brewhouse

 
RIBA17424Gainsborough, Lincolnshire: a red brick storehouse


RIBA17434Leach's Mill, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire: the unusually tall tower mill without the original sails

 
RIBA17439Buxton railway station, Derbyshire with steam locomotive

 
RIBA17443Furniture store, Macclesfield, Cheshire: close-up of the arcaded cast-iron facade


RIBA17495Willington A Power Station under construction, Derbyshire

 
RIBA17534Townscape, Elland, West Yorkshire

 
RIBA25361Margam Steel Works (Abbey Works) for The Steel Company of Wales Limited, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan: the number 5 blast furnace