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