Tuca Vieira

26.11.2012 in15:41 in City scape, architecture -->


In Berlinscapes, Brazilian photographer Tuca Vieira presents a portrait of the city through its architecture. The images are either single subject with a straight-on view or arranged in two-point perspective, with the corner of a building jutting into the center and shifting focus severely to the side. This is no longer a war-torn city; history’s scars are buried deep under new, sleek buildings or memorialized in one of the many public monuments throughout the central city.

Vieira takes inspiration from Bernd and Hilla Becher, founders of what has come to be known as the Dusseldorf School of Photography. The Bechers’ projects featured the disappearing industrial buildings of post-war Germany in a plain, standardized format, highlighting the operational functions as well as the cultural practices of a decaying history.

Departing from the Bechers, Vieira works at night, casting the city in the serene glow of artificial light. It is through private visions that a place gains its mythic status. The warm appearance of his urban subjects is devoid of human figures or activity, but the images teem with evidence of human interaction, from a single lit apartment window to graffiti on a disused American radio tower.