Brasilia: a brief essay on solitude

PhotographerJosé Roberto Bassul
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryBrasi­lia, Brazil
Photo Dateseveral
Technical Infoseveral
Entry Description

When it was inaugurated in 1960, Brasilia, the new capital of Brazil, called the world's attention for the boldness of its urbanism and the creativity of its modernist architecture, with lines then considered futuristic. Built where there was nothing, the city was gradually occupied and acquired a human face. However, nearly six decades after the inauguration, the human being still seems small compared to the grandeur of its buildings and the wider perspective of its spaces.

About Photographer

Architect and photographer, José Roberto Bassul was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in Brasilia, Brazil. He photographed intensely in his youth, receiving awards from Realidade Magazine in 1979 and from Funarte (Art National Foundation) in 1980. During the 1980s, he took a break from photography and dedicated himself to architecture. He became active behind the camera again thirty years later when he developed an authorial work that focused on architecture, urban landscape, and contemporary aspects of urban life.