Inter-war obsessive, art deco hoarder, and aspiring architectural photographer Philip Butler has set out to document the remains of Great Britain’s 1930s architecture. Amongst these aging structures lie what is left of the country’s first faltering steps into the modern architectural movement. Often in need of sympathetic renovation, occasionally on the brink of demolition, but always appreciated by those in the locality, Philip has been trying to capture what is left of ‘yesterday’s future’ while it remains standing.
In September 2017 Philip published his well received debut printed work ‘Streamline Worcestershire – Discovering the Art Deco & Inter-war Modernist Architecture of the County’; a ltd 168 page, photo-driven hardback history book, cataloguing the county’s 1930s legacy.
In addition to other projects, 2018 will see the development ODEON Relics, an on-going series of images, capturing what remains of the iconic cinema chain’s pioneering early picture palaces.
Philip lives in Great Malvern with his wife and two young daughters. When not immersing himself in all things Art Deco, he can be found tinkering with classic cars, working in the alcoholic drinks trade, practicing writing in the third person, and trying to be a good father!
Contact: Philip@artdecomagpie.com Twitter: @artdecomagpie