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Photography and Urban History: Georeferencing Historical Photographs

March 7, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the Studio@Butler for a talk on digital art history by Sérgio Burgi. The lecture will discuss his path breaking work creating digital maps of Rio de Janeiro using GIS in conjunction with historical photographs.

Rio de Janeiro’s modernization has shaped not only its urban space but also the city’s modes of sociability and its imagery. The talk will explore the shaping of the city’s public image through historical photographs, and will also discuss the possibilities offered by contemporary digital georeferencing systems​. I​nstituto Moreira Salles Photography Department ​in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ​has partnered with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research ​/ ​WSL in Switzerland for testing the monoplotting tool developed by WSL for obtaining geographic data from historical photographs​, a new approach to the study of urban history and dynamics.

Sérgio Burgi was born in São Paulo in 1958. He graduated from USP – Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, with a bachelors in Social Sciences, in 1981, the same year he started a master’s program in Photographic Conservation at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. There, he obtained a master’s degree in Fine Arts in Photography and an associate degree in Photographic Science. He was the  coordinator of the Center of Photographic Conservation and Preservation at FUNARTE between 1984 and 1991. He is a member of the Photographic Preservation Group of the Conservation Committee at the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and since 1999 he heads the photography department of the Instituto Moreira Salles.


March 7, 2016
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Butler Library, columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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