Worcestershire based photographer Philip Butler ARPS (b. 1980) has set out to document the remains of Great Britain’s inter-war architecture. Amongst these ageing structures lie what is left of the country’s first steps into the Modernist movement. Often in need of sympathetic renovation, occasionally on the brink of demolition, but increasingly seen as important pieces of our heritage, Philip has been capturing what is left of ‘yesterday’s future’ while it remains standing.
Philip’s photographs have been published in a number of different magazines and newspapers including C20 Magazine, RPS Journal, La Vangaurdia Sunday Magazine and a recent online article in the Guardian. He has also contributed an image to Elaine Harwood’s 2019 book ‘British Art Deco’ published by Batsford.
2019 saw the publication of ‘Odeon Relics’, an annotated photo-book documenting the surviving buildings constructed by the iconic cinema chain in the 1930s. This hardback coffee-table style book features Philip’s complete contemporary photo series, period photos by John Maltby and an introduction by architectural writer Jason Sayer.
Philip is also one of the founding members of the Art Deco Society UK, a new not-for-profit organisation celebrating all forms of design from the UK between the wars.
Philip lives in Great Malvern, Worcestershire with his wife and two young daughters.
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