Apr 18, 2010

Raúl Lino - "Casa do Cipreste", Sintra, Portugal (1993)

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Working on assignment for Editorial Blau, I came to know this absolutely wonderful project from 1912, in the small town of Sintra.
This is actually one of the houses that Raúl Lino (1879 - 1974) built for himself, and is known as the "Casa do Cipreste", a true icon of the portuguese architecture (maybe I should say "in Portugal" instead... In fact, I think that it looks more german than portuguese, what is natural, thinking that Lino studied in Germany).












Being considered by some to be a controversial personality in our 20th century cultural life, Raúl Lino cannot be ignored for sure. His importance and influence still lasts until today.
"Casa do Cipreste" is definitely a magic place full of charm and warmth, a place of outstanding beauty and harmony.
A place that I would undoubtedly love to call home!





















The rectangular images were shot using a Sinar F2 camera in 9x12 cm/4x5 inches, equiped with various lenses manufactured by Schneider in Germany.
The square photographs were shot with a Hasselblad camera in 6x6, using Carl Zeiss lenses (Distagon, Planar and Sonnar types), also made in Germany.
Lighting equipment was made by Hensel in Würzburg, Germany.
Light meters by Sekonic and Minolta.
Ektachrome film by Kodak.

I would like to dedicate this post to the architect Luiz Trigueiros from Editorial Blau, a person to whom I owe a lot in personal and professional terms. He was the one who brought me to professional architectural photography, when I returned home from Germany in 1990. After some small misunderstandings that lasted for some time, we are now on good terms, and I was happy to see him and his wife again.


P.S.: Raúl Lino also designed in 1925 Teatro Curvo Semedo in Montemor-o-Novo, wich you might know from some other posts that I have done.

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11 comments:

  1. Thank you for bringing us into this lovely home via your words and pictures, Rui. Your film images never fail to amaze me. Hope you are well.

    Regards
    Esther

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  2. Rui adorei! Raul Lino é um esteta de sempre e eterno... Permita-me postar algumas em Casa de Neiva. Excelentes
    Abraço

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  3. Thank you Esther, and thank you António (about the third person I cannot give an opinion, as I don't understand a word...).
    It is always nice and encouraging to see a positive response to our work!
    I realy enjoy it!
    (Yes António, please post it).
    My very kind regards,
    Rui

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  4. Rui, thank you so much for posting these pictures! My name is Lorena Comparato and I lived in this house for 6 years when i was younger. You brought back many memories that I would like to keep forever. Here is my e-mail if you ever wish to get in contact: lolocomparato@hotmail.com.
    I am now living in Brazil and have never gone back to this house. My parents have and they felt as emotional as I do now, seeing these pictures.
    Thank you oh so much.
    Best regards,
    Lorena

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  5. Olá,

    As fotos da vista para o Palácio da Vila e a da fonte no alto da escada estão ao contrário.

    Martinho
    (dono da casa)

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  6. Olá Martinho,
    Só agora reparei no seu comentário...
    Realmente, às vezes, dá-me mais jeito scannizar as fotografias ao contrário do que devia, pois tenho menos problemas com "Newton rings", visto o lado da emulsão não ser tão liso e brilhante. Devo-me ter esquecido de as voltar a corrigir no programa. E realmente não dei conta. Não sei se será possível corrigir agora, tenho que perguntar a alguém que saiba disto (blog). Eu sou um bocado nabo...
    De qualquer forma, muito obrigado pela sua correcção.
    Rui

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  7. Hello Lorena,
    I am very glad that my images of this wonderful house could bring you back so fond memories. It must be unforgettable to live for some years in such a house.
    I wish that I could do the same...
    I will try to email you in the next couple of days.
    Greetings,
    Rui

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  8. Num mundo que é cada vez mais visto pelas mesmas lentes, é um privilégio poder apreciar a originalidade das suas fotografias! Vivemos nos Estados Unidos e começámos a escrever um blog chamado Salt of Portugal, numa tentativa um pouco quixotesca de atrair mais turistas Americanos a Portugal. Acabámos de fazer um post sobre o arquiteto Raul Lino. Não tivemos coragem de lhe pedir para repostar uma das suas fotos, mas colocámos um link para o seu site:

    http://saltofportugal.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/the-portuguese-house/

    Parabéns pelo seu excelente trabalho,

    Maria e Sergio Rebelo

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  9. Excelentes fotos, parabéns! Gostaria de saber da possibilidade de poder utilizar algumas delas para um uma edição de um jornal de Sintra online, www.selene-culturasdesintra. Iremos dedicar o tema de capa a Raul Lino em Sintra, daí o pedido com alguma urgência. Obrigado desde já pela atenção.

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  10. Boa tarde,
    Desculpe só agora responder, mas não tenho seguido os comentários...
    Por favor, mande-me um email a explicar melhor o que pretendem. Darei a minha resposta por essa via.
    Obrigado,
    Rui

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