Editors of Editora Arte 21 & Various Brazilian Photographers. BRASILIA PLENA: 45 FOTOGRAFOS EM 45 HORAS ("BRASILIA IN FULL: 45 PHOTOGRAPHERS IN 45 HOURS") : THE LIMITED EDITION. Brasilia, Brazil: Editora ARTE 21, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 230 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of photographs on subject. One of the most movingly and stunningly beautiful photography books its kind ever published in our time. Limited Edition of 3000 copies. Entirely underwritten by major Brazilian corporations, most of the copies were (unfortunately) distributed privately. None of them was made commercially available inside and outside Brazil. The book is now rare. A brilliant and meticulous production by Editora ARTE 21: Oversize-volume format. Black hard boards with white titles printed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by 45 Brazilian photographers. Texts by various contributors in the Portuguese original and felicitous English translations. Matching pictorial slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Brasilia to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published to commemorate the city's founding in 1960, 47 years ago. Presents one of the most stupendous photographic projects of our time. The great French historian, art critic, and Minister of Culture Andre Malraux once described Brasilia as the "City of Hope", as the "most impressive epic adventure of modern times". Named in 1987 as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, the man-made city carved out of the Brazilian jungle under the aegis of its urban planner/genius Lucio Costa has survived, endured, and flourished where similar cosmopolitan experiments elsewhere in the world have failed. Brasilia is a full-fledged cosmopolis: "She stands for bravery, nobility, innovation, and Brazilian faith. This book is meant as a departure from anything ever done before, as it aims to become a more complete approach of the city, depicting it in all its broadness, through several perspectives, multiple themes, and endless combinations of distinct realities" (Karla Osorio Netto). That the powers-that-be and the ordinary citizens of Brasilia (who participated actively in the project) decided to make a photography book testifies not just to the medium's pervasiveness, but also to its immediacy and raw visceral power. As conceived and realized, this is a fantastic book, a labor of love, a valuable social document, and a work of art. Nationalistic pride aside, Brasilia's success is cause for celebration for all humanity, not just for Brazilians. An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Edition of 3000 copies, indicated as such on the Copyright Page. Distributed privately in Brazil itself and not sold abroad, this title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, the most beautiful copy we have ever seen, a keepsake for keeps. We have seen copies turn up sporadically online, but they have all been in wretched condition because the book has been pored over again and again. A rare copy thus. 180 plates by 45 of the finest living Brazilian photographers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN B002V1GY5Q. $150.00

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