/ 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

Architect and photographer, José Roberto Bassul was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in Brasilia. His photography turns to architecture and cityscape. In the attempt to shift the concrete world of buildings to the senses’ intangible territory, he explores abstraction and geometry. He has received several awards and his works has often been exposed in festivals, galleries and museums. With two two published photobooks, he has works in important private collections, and in the public collections of the National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia and the Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro - MAR.

Awards 2020+2019. Moscow Int'l Foto Awards (Book photographer of the year, gold and silver awards)
2020+2018+2017. Prix de la Photographie Paris-PX3 (gold and bronze)
2019+2018. IPA–International Photography Awards (1st and 2nd places)
2019. Budapest Int'l Foto Awards (silver award)
2018+2016. Festival Internacional Paraty Em Foco (exhibition awards)
2018+2017. Tokio Int'l Foto Awards (silver and bronze awards)
2018+2017. Siena International Photo Awards (finalist)
2018+2017. Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Tiradentes (exhibition awards)
2017. LensCulture Network Gallery (selected for online exhibition)
2017. Magnum Caravan Brasil (special mention)
2017+2016. Le Plus Grand Concours Photo du Monde, PHOTO Magazine (lauréat)
2016. Miami Street Photography Awards (finalist)
2016. Sony World Photography Awards (commended)