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The Exploring Eye: The Photography of Eric de Maré

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Celebrating the anniversary of his birth, the RIBA are exhibiting the work of the influential British architectural photographer, Eric de Maré (1910–2002).

The exhibition covers the broad range comprising de Maré’s portfolio; from the early photography of Norwegian towns to scenes of the Thames’ industrial riverside.

Part of de Maré’s British work concentrates on the country’s neglected industrial heritage (much of which was contributed to the Architectural Review) and he photographed mill buildings and warehouses to encourage the direction of post-war architecture.

The curator, Robert Elwall, states that these pieces ‘gave a new respectability to architectural photography by extending its influence beyond the narrow confines of professional discourse’. The collection of popular subjects and peopled scenes, so unusual to the architectural photography of the time, also illustrate this idea.

Furthermore, the work which photographer John Piper (1903–1992) contributed to the Architectural Review will be shown alongside de Maré’s pieces. Piper’s photographs, recording informal places and noncanonical buildings, were a significant inspiration to de Maré and other post-war artists like Edwin Smith.

From 1947, de Maré worked as a freelance writer and photographer. His works published are Scandinavia: Sweden, Denmark and Norway (1952), Bridges of Britain (1954), a Penguin guide - Photography (1957), London’s Riverside (1958) and Photography and Architecture (1961).

Gallery 2, RIBA
66 Portland Place, London, W1
7 October – 24 November 2010
Monday to Fridays 10am – 5pm, (Saturday 1.30pm) free entry

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