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Cesar Azcarate is a poet in many respects.
Not that he writes any poetry, no, not that kind of poet.
Cesar doesn't need language to create poetry. He doesn’t need words to explain the world, he doesn’t use sentences to convey his emotions. Cesar is an architect and thus - necessarily - a poet, a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
He knows that architecture is a visual art, buildings speak for themselves, they are forms assembled in the light, a legitimate way to making a sculpture.
They speak of time and place, yet year for timelessness – its infinity made imaginable.
We are lucky that Cesar Azcarate is a poet, a poet with a camera in his own right.
He translates and tells of the poetry of architecture, the songs of buildings and the silence of derelict rooms into images so powerful yet so delicate.
His art gives us a rare chance to admire what otherwise only the skilled eye may see, because of his graceful images the sound of the buildings, their silent voices may linger for a very long time in our minds.
Born, 1966, Bilbao, Spain | PhD Architect, partner in ACXT/Idom (www.acxt.net)
Associate professor in the High School of Architecture or the University of Navarra.
In 1997, I had the opportunity to follow the works of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, and it offered me the challenge to explore and photograph the incredible changing spaces in this fantastic Gehry’s building during its construction. After that, I began a personal research work about the national net of silos in Spain. Finally, this work was my PhD thesis in Architecture.
As a result of these two works, I published both photographic books, “the story of a dream” in 1997 about the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and “forgotten cathedrals” in 2008 as a personal interpretation about the silos as fascinating constructions, which were not made by architects.
I love Architecture and Photography, and since 2011, I am looking for unique spaces trying to find special relationships between the two disciplines. I prefer not to photograph finished architecture, but I enjoy feeling the power of abandoned industrial spaces, the anonymous solitude of the useless buildings and the rapid transformation of the spaces under construction.
The photographic work about this "invisible city" Prypiat in Ukrania, is intended to be the start of others that hopefully will be going to other cities. In the literary work “the invisible cities” Italo Calvino wrote about his imaginary cities through the mouth of Marco Polo, suggesting plenty of impossible worlds but inevitably related to our ways of living. What is shown here speaks about a impossible city, but real, filtered through the eye of the author and related to many of the cities that Calvino showed us in his lucid work.
These pictures are the result of a shocking and unforgettable trip to Prypiat in september 2013.
The pictures are intended to escape from the morbidity and from the extremely well-known broken dolls and masks, to show the beauty of a place tragically abandoned over 27 years ago.
While deep reflection about this "invisible city" is for the author, this work is looking for some compositional keys about a simple and functional architecture, which was possible until human stupidity froze it.