Simon Phipps Finding Brutalism

Simon Phipps Finding Brutalism

A Photographic Survey of Post-War British Architecture

A striking selection from Simon Phipps's unique documentation of British brutalism.


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Title Information

Edited by Hilar Stadler and Andreas Hertach. Photographs by Simon Phipps. With contributions by Catherine Ince and Owen Hatherley, and a conversation with Kate Macintosh by Stephen Parnell

1st edition

, 2017


258 pages, 10 color, 192 duotone, and 28 b/w illustrations

20 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-063-3

In cooperation with Museum im Bellpark, Kriens


For almost twenty years British photographer Simon Phipps has been documenting the rebuilding of Britain after the Second World War through the work of architects. His archive documents Britain's post-war modernism and new brutalism in architecture and recognises the architects' enormous contribution to the transformation of the political and social landscape of the country in the aftermath of WW II. Significant building on a mass scale was realised and new building techniques were pioneered alongside innovative layouts, resulting in buildings of outstanding quality, displaying radical new forms. The construction ranged from public and private housing, to schools and universities, churches, museums, galleries, commercial and, ultimately, entire new towns.

This new book features around 200 of Simon Phipps's photographs of some 160 buildings in all parts of England completed between the 1950s until the 1980s. They create a confrontation of buildings and architectural fragments, evoking a distinct atmosphere of brutalism. The essays and a conversation with architect Kate Macintosh contextualise brutalism in architecture from a British perspective. The book is published in conjunction with an exhibition at Museum im Bellpark in Kriens near Lucerne.


Simon Phipps Finding Brutalism was awarded a bronze medal in the 2018 German Photo Book Award.


Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2018.


Designed by Hi-Visuelle Gestaltung.


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Authors & Editors

Owen Hatherley

Andreas Hertach

Catherine Ince

Kate Macintosh

Stephen Parnell

Simon Phipps

Hilar Stadler

, born 1963, studied art history and is director of Museum im Bellpark in Kriens, near Lucerne, Switzerland.


"It is inspiring, even perhaps slightly nostalgic, but certainly not rose-tinted. The images are gritty, the weatherworn buildings 'as found'. Finding Brutalism is an experience the reader can share with the photographer." Edwin Trout, Concrete