Large scale, hypersharp photographic prints on Canson Ragmat 310gsm paper. 


Take a look at Brutalism in a new way. These images are from a series called 'Outdistance' by the Australian photographer Derek Swalwell. Their portrayal of Italian Brutalist architecture shows uncompromising design softened by time and context.

Brutalism is often seen as stark and uninviting. Derek Swalwell's photography is anything but. There are no people in his images. Instead, he allows ageing structures and vegetation around them do the talking.

Shot entirely in Italy, Swalwell takes an intimate look at the works of famed architects Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi and Carlo Aymonino to uncover a new narrative around these historically significant locations.

Through his curious lens and precise composition, Outdistance pays an extraordinary tribute to these design greats, focusing in on the details whilst capturing the magnetic dance between architecture and light.
Derek’s work has featured in a magnitude of design and architecture books and magazines across the world, including Architectural Digest (USA), Architectural Digest (MEX), Vogue Living, Architectural Review, Architecture Australia, Elle Decor to name a few.
Architecture has always been a fascination for me, and I think one of the contributing factors was my time traveling and seeing architectural innovation from across the world. I became interested in how the light worked through buildings. The way that the design of a building contributes to it’s changing throughout the day upon their trajectory of the sun.” 

Tomba Brion

Most striking is Tomba Brion, a family tomb designed by Carlo Scarpa in the 1970s. Weathering has added a new dimension to Tomba Brion which Swalwell celebrates. The tomb appears somehow ancient, almost overpowered by the vegetation around it.


The patina of age is equally marked in images of Carlo Aymonino’s 1960s Gallaratese housing complex in Milan. What others might regard as grubby, Swalwell simply takes as evidence of how brutalism has succeeded in becoming at one with its environment.

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