Brasília Gigapan Photo Essay Brasília Gigapan Photo Essay

Brasília Gigapan Photo Essay

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Brasília the modernist utopia, a Gigapan photo essay by Don Rocha

This eBook brings hundreds of pictures of Brasília's most iconic modernist architecture and art, along with a brief info of each monument, piece or building.

Don Rocha shot Brasília using Gigapan panoramic equipment which is based on the same technology employed by the Mars Rovers. Gigapan robotic mounts take hundreds photos, which are later combined using a stitching software to create a single highly detailed image. We can then select parts of this photo to zoom in on, and zoom in. Then zoom in some more. There's no part of the photo we can't see in ridiculous detail.

Inaugurated in 1960, Brasilia – the capital city of Brazil is a masterpiece of modernist architecture.
It is the only city in the world built in the 20th century to be awarded (in 1987) the status of Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The city was planned and developed with Lúcio Costa as the principal urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as the principal architect. Lúcio Costa planned the streets in such a way that even traffic lights would not be necessary: cars and buses would take thoroughfares to travel long distances, then would use one of several loops to gain access to local streets to reach specific destinations.
Much of the original planning had to be changed, mostly because of the growth of Brasília and many other factors.
Planned for only 500,000 inhabitants, Brasília has seen its population grow much more than expected. It has now a population of about 3 million making it the third largest city in Brazil.

“Brasília seems the ultimate modernist fantasy: pristine, elegant, refined , and a remarkable demonstration of lucidity. Don Rocha’s shots seem to offer a sumptuousness to that vision. The light, color and panorama provide an exoticism.
The modernist utopia of a socially ambitious beauty comes unhinged, when we see in the shadow of the great civic buildings, children living amongst the trees."

About the author:

Don Rocha is a Brazilian-American multimedia professional, artist, and photographer. He was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1958, and moved to Brasília in 1967. He began taking pictures in the 1970s as an assistant to an architectural photographer. In the late 1970s, he attended the University of Brasília's Communication course and photography and film at the Polytechnic of Central London and the British Film Institute. In the 1980s, he worked as a photojournalist for major Brazilian magazines and newspapers.

From 2002 to 2006, Don Rocha lived in Africa working in ICTs and TV for the United Nations and for the Bill & Melinda Foundation. In 2007, he began using Gigapans, a type of robotic photography, to promote and raise awareness of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. His Gigapans of Brasília were exhibited at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland, and his photographs of Brasília architecture were exhibited at the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio). In 2013, he was awarded the grand prize of the Everyday Preservationist Contest of the World Monument Fund in the Sensitive Urban Development category in New York, NY.

Don is a talented photographer and multimedia professional who has used his skills to document and promote important cultural and historical sites. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and he has received numerous awards for his contributions to photography and preservation.

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