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Material, shape and design

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Featured Material, shape and design Print

Consett Steel Works FF98_00247

Consett Steel Works, County Durham, 1945-80. Eric de Mare (1910-2002) cellulose acetate negative. Steel-making dominated Consett for 140 years from 1840, and the steelworks, employing 6, 000 workers in the 1960s, loomed over rows of terraced houses. Eric de Mare's elevated view of Consett Steel Works captures their gargantuan scale, echoing the work of pre-war photographers such as Albert Renger-Patzsch in Germany and Charles Sheeler in the United States who emphasised the strong forms of industrial structures. De Mare used colour photography here, recognising that this required a €'different vision' from black-and-white film. The massive tube in the foreground reflects his view that a close shot filling or almost filling€ the frame 'will usually be more effective and more interesting'.

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The Custard Factory DP099091

The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham. Looking south-west along the studio building towards the nineteenth-century factory, showing the structure supporting its elliptical balconies.

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Odeon Leicester Square BB87_03577

Odeon cinema, Leicester Square, Westminster, London, 2 November 1937. Photographed by John Maltby (1910-80)
on cellulose nitrate negative. The Alhambra in London'€™s Leicester Square (see CC97_00503) was demolished in 1936. It was replaced by the Odeon chain'€™s flagship, steel-framed cinema, with its distinctive tower and polished black granite exterior. It was one of scores of Odeons recorded by the photographer John Maltby.

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