Photos of the construction of Brasilia, from Revista Brasilia

Brasília and the Populist Frontier

In the late 1950s, the construction of Brazil’s new capital city was documented by government photographers who mythologized a new national identity. The archive of their work is an incredibly rich trove of early representations of Brasília as a social project. The immensity of the plateau frames a country in the process of reinventing itself.

In the late 1950s, the construction of Brazil’s new capital city was documented by government photographers who mythologized a new national identity.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and Head of Architecture at Monash University.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is a columnist for Places. A monograph of his artwork, Signal Noise, is forthcoming from Radius Books.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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