Justine Sambrook

Research Group: Research Cities, Architecture, Landscape, Environment
Award studied: PhD

Project title

Modernism to Manplan: The pioneering use of photography in the Architectural Review 1927–1973


Photography has had a special bond with architecture since its invention in the 1830s. As the 19th century progressed, photography became an important tool in the communication of architectural ideas as it was increasingly photographs, rather than drawings, distributed in journals that relayed images of new techniques in design and construction. But it was not until the 20th century that photography began to play a significant role in architectural discourse in its own right rather than as an illustrative device to accompany text, and here the Architectural Review played a significant role. It developed a reputation as an innovative and campaigning journal with photographs central to the magazine's mission and as important in conveying its messages as the written content.

Using the RIBA's archive of original photographs gathered for publication in the Architectural Review as a primary resource, this research will explore the use made of the medium within the journal throughout a significant period of 20th century architectural history. It will aim to track changing attitudes towards modern architecture in Britain during this period and show how photography was used to promote or criticise according to the standpoint of the editors at the time.


Funding received

Faculty studentship