2022 / Architecture / Buildings

Oscar

  • Photographer
    Jose Roberto Bassul

Oscar is a tribute to Oscar Niemeyer, who passed away ten years ago. Curvilinear and sensual, his architecture, best known for the main buildings in Brasília, stood out from the straight lines characteristic of the modernist movement. All the photographs in this essay were taken in the same building, a hotel on Madeira Island, Portugal, one of Oscar’s lesser-known projects, designed in 1966.Formed only by graphic lines, almost abstract, in black and white, the images refer to the architect's creative process, who used to synthesize his ideas with few lines outlined on a sheet of paper.

José Roberto Bassul was born in Rio and lives in Brasilia. His photography turns to architecture and urban environment as an attempt "to draw thoughts, project desires and built spaces for the imagination". He has received several awards and his works has often been exhibited in festivals, galleries and museums in solo and group shows in Brazil and abroad. He has published two photobooks. His works belong to important private and public collections such as those of National Museum of Republic (Brasilia), Art Museum of Rio, Museum of Modern Art (Rio) and Museum of Photography (Fortaleza)