What do you want me to photograph? Well, anything and everything was the answer
In the late 1970s, photographer Peter Bloomfield was commissioned by the Barbican’s first Managing Director, Henry Wrong, to document the final stages of the building’s construction and the first public events in the building. From rubble and scaffolding to a vibrant arts programme taking shape in the heart of the City of London, Bloomfield’s photographs are a beautiful reminder of the astonishing scale and ambition of the construction effort.
Explore our interactive archive as you wander through the original architectural plan to discover photographs from around the centre including a scaffolding filled Theatre, a seatless Concert Hall and a kaleidoscopic Cinema along with stunning architectural shots of the exterior spaces and foyers.
Building the Brutal is also available to purchase as a book from our online shop.