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Eric de Mare

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By Robert Elwall. RIBA Publications, 2000. 108pp. £8.99

While Sir Neil Cossons believes that we still don't value industrial heritage sufficiently in the UK (see above), the situation would have been far graver without the contribution of photographer Eric de Mare. His images from the 1940s and '50s, most famously in The Functional Tradition but in other books such as The Nautical Style , brought a wealth of overlooked structures into view. In this inexpensive paperback based on the RIBA's photographic collection (a volume on John Maltby has already appeared in the same series), curator Robert Elwall gives a succinct account of de Mare's work and influence, spotlighting his early enthusiasm for Scandinavian Modernism and his involvement with the Architectural Review . Eighty photographs are included, and they are strong enough to survive reduction to the book's small scale.

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