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A pioneer in Brazilian art photography, Gaspar Gasparian (1899-1966) worked over a relatively brief period – from the 1940s to the late-1950s – but made a lasting impression with his trademark geometric shapes. A master of the architectural abstract suffused with light and shade, Gasparian photographed everything down to the humble sidewalk, forcing the viewer to reconsider perspective – common in contemporary photography, perhaps, but less so at the time he was working.
In many of his works, a human form presents a counterpoint to the geometric shapes he seemed to see wherever he looked. In the photo Espiral (1944), the eye is drawn first to the curl of the stairwell in contrast with the straight-lined stairs, moving on to accompany the movement of the woman in the picture as she descends. Ultimately however, the viewer’s gaze is drawn down to the dark vortex at the bottom, with the viewer left wondering how deep it might go, and what’s waiting at the bottom.