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Pampulha, the chic northern suburb of Belo Horizonte was laid out in the 1940’s by the young Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer for Juscelino Kubitschek, then the city’s Mayor. Twenty years later, when Kubitschek became President, he made Niemeyer lead architect for the design of the new capital, Brasilia. The artificial lake at the heart of Pampulha sometimes explodes with bright green algal blooms which give the other-worldliness to this photo.


Without looking at him she says: ‘There’s something I’ve always wanted to ask you.’  He places his hand gently on her back and draws her into the shade.  ‘Of course,’ he says.   And then they are gone. Some images just want to tell stories. They are Saul Leiter’s ‘tiny fragments’.     In this photograph the colours shout out, but it is the shadows that catch the attention. In the darkness of their ephemeral architecture it is easy to imagine confidences traded and secrets shared.