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Barbican is a true London landmark and one of the most iconic brutalist buildings in the whole country. Now you can see it like never before thanks to a new photography project, Building The Brutal. Documenting the centre’s construction from 1979-82, the website and book features previously unseen photographs taken by Peter Bloomfield, who was commissioned by the first Managing Director Henry Wrong.

As well as featuring some of the very first events held at the centre, eighties styling included, what Bloomfield’s archive of over 1,400 negatives really captures is the sheer scale of the building work, from enormous scaffolds and trees being craned in, to the detailed hand-finishing of the textured concrete walls. After exploring Building The Brutal, you’ll never look at the Barbican quite the same way again. You’ll have to hold on until mid-March for the book to arrive, but you can get ahead by pre-ordering it now.

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Published mid-March 2016
The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS