Rene Burri. Brasilia Photographs 1960-1993
- Burri's Brasilia presents a large selection from hundreds of photographs, the majority of them published for the first time. It allows the reader to look at one of the most extraordinary cities with the eyes of an exceptional photographer.
2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Brazil's capital Brasilia. Architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer designed what has become the world's most famous and widely studied urban planning project. Niemeyer's Cathedral, his building for the National Congress and the city's 707-ft television tower are icons of modern architecture. The entire city, marked by its cross-shaped layout and vast open spaces, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Rene Burri, celebrated Magnum photographer, visited Brasilia's vast building sites for the first time in 1958. He returned many times over the years, documenting with his camera growth and further development of this built Utopia. Besides documenting the buildings in various stages of completion, Burri took portraits of Niemeyer and his workers and photographed Brasilia's street scenes and people and aerial views of the city's first slums. His images capture the strong sense of a new era and a vibrant atmosphere of hard work and strain; they reflect the huge dimensions of the landscape and the great scale of this project and its ambition to design and build a new capital. Rene Burri. Brasilia presents a large selection from hundreds of colour and black-and-white photographs, the majority of them published in this book for the first time. It allows the reader for the first time to look at one of the most extraordinary cities with the eyes of an exceptional photographer.