Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Hildegard Rosenthal's photos of São Paulo

Hildegard Rosenthal was born in Zürich, Switzerland and brought up in Germany but she escaped to Brazil before the outbreak of World War II. Nowadays she is considered one of the pioneers of photojournalism in Brazil where she lived and worked as a photographer until her death in 1990.

Below are some of her photos which offer us a glimpse of mid 20th Century São Paulo:

25 Março Street, São Paulo
Rua 25 Março, São Paulo

Largo da Sé and Cathedral under construction, São Paulo

Brazilia Japanese children eating ice creams

A street in São Paulo 

Monday, 18 March 2013

VIDEO: Swarm of bees interrupt football game in São Paulo

Watch how a swarm of bees invaded the match between Ponte Preta and Atletico Sorocaba at the Moisés Lucarelli stadium last Saturday. After chemical and smoke treatment the game was eventually allowed to continue. 
The teams, from Campinas and Sorocaba respectviely, were competing in the Paulistão, the São Paulo state championship when the bees made their appearance.

No players were bitten.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

São Paulo pays homage to the great Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer, the inspiration behind Brazil’s capital Brasilia as well as the United Nation’s headquarters in New York, passed away at the end of 2012 at the age of 104. Although born in Rio his impact was felt and resounds to this day in many cities across the world including São Paulo where his curvaceous Copan building remains the iconic structure of the city and the Niemeyer designed Ibirapuera park, the best known green space in town.

How then, to pay homage to the man. One of the efforts which São Paulo has engaged in this year is to create a mural covering the entire façade of a building on near Praça Oswaldo Cruz off Avenida Paulista. The work, painted by Eduardo Kobra,  is huge and was only finished late last month. Here you can see some photos of the work towards the end of the project as it drew towards completion.

Façade of a building in São Paulo dedicated to the late Oscar Niemeyer

A fittingly urban tribute to the man who shaped and reshaped so much urban architecture.

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