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Powerful Black And White Photography Reveals The Beauty In Brutalist Buildings

Art director and graphic designer Peter Chadwick is fascinated by Brutalist architecture and photographs it all over the world.

Chadwick’s love for Brutal buildings sparked in the late 1970s when he was growing up in North-East England. During the years, he has taken and gathered a lot of powerful black and white images which are now featured in Peter’s curated book This Brutal World.

Brutalism flourished from the 1950s to the 1970s, descending from the modernist architectural movement of the early 20th century. This style can be viewed as a younger generation’s unapologetic reaction to the lightness and optimism of architecture in the 1930s and 1940s and its ruggedness comes from the lack of concern to look comfortable or easy. The structures are mostly from concrete, but they also include bricks, glass, steel, and stone.

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Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego, California, USA, 1970 by William Pereira & Associates

Image credits: University of California, San Diego

De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013 by OMA

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Image credits: Matteo Rossi/Artur Images

Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa, 1996 by GAPP Architects & Urban Designers

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Image credits: GAPP Architects

Monument Ilinden (Makedonium), Krushevo, Macedonia, 1974 by Jordan and Iskra Grabuloski

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Image credits: Jan Kempenaers

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, 1966 by Marcel Breuer and Associates

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Image credits: Bettmann/Corbis

Casar de Cáceres Bus Station, Cáceres, Spain, 2003 by Justo Garciá Rubio

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Image credits: Justo Garciá Rubio

Assembly Building, Chandigarh, India, 1962 by Le Corbusier

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Image credits: Fondation Le Corbusier/Courtesy DACS

Sunset Chapel, Acapulco, Mexico, 2011 by Bunker Arquitectura

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Image credits: Bunker Arquitectura

Centro de Exposições do Centro Administrativo da Bahia, Bahia, Brazil, 1974 by João Filgueiras Lima

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Image credits: Fran Parente

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