Gold / 2018 / Book / Fine Art

Concretist Cityscape

  • Prize
    Gold in Book (Series Only)/Fine Art
  • Photographer
    Jose Roberto Bassul

On a June morning in 2015, I wanted to produce images of Brasilia that would avoid the overdone iconography of the monuments. Interested in geometric shapes, I recalled Marcel Gautherot, the French-Brazilian whose talent helped to perpetuate not only the monumental buildings but also the simple residential blocks designed by Oscar Niemeyer. With the expectation of rereading the master's images, I proceeded to Brasilia's first superblock (superquadra). I soon realized that the Brasilia of Gautherot no longer existed. In the 1960s the trees that embellish the city today had not yet grown. How to find the lost geometry in that which nature had taken? Thus, I looked up and suddenly noticed the “concretist cityscape” shaped by the sun on the ordinary buildings of the city. Since then I have looked around seeking for images that can be perceived anywhere by anyone. This book is the record of that pathway.

Jose Roberto Bassul is an architect and photographer. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he lives in Brasilia, Brazil. His favorite subjects are architecture, urbanism and contemporary aspects of urban life.
Selected and awarded in important competitions, he acts as an authoral photographer. His works have been exhibited in art galleries and are held in private and public collections.