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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- E. S.
- Explore score
- 0.06 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Apr 04, 2010
- Date taken
- Apr 04, 2010
This gigapan, the first of a series, highlights a neglected dimension of the Gigapan.org experience and its ability to rescue forgotten and rare photographic records. The gigapan shows the mural painting found on the far wall of the “Sala de Profesores” (Teachers’ Room) of the Internado Nacional Barros Arana (INBA) in Santiago, Chile.
The original photographs were taken ca. 1974 and at the time they were not intended to support the creation of a large-scale reproduction of the mural or its dissemination using computer technology or networks. They were taken as three separate photographs in black and white film with little attention to the geometric needs of any subsequent stitching. The film was developed and the negatives were then filed and forgotten for almost forty years.
The 1970s marked a tumultuous period in the history of Chile. The election of Salvador Allende as the first democratically elected Marxist President in 1970 and the subsequent CIA-inspired coup d'état in 1973 are well documented along with the horrors of illegal detentions, torture and the disappearance or forced exile of those who opposed the brutality of the Pinochet dictatorship.
In that historical context, the Internado Nacional Barros Arana in Santiago was also a site of student activism, polarization, and social confrontation. The teachers of that period are long gone; they included Olivares o “Pajarito” of Mathematics and the Clerc brothers, one an English-language teacher and the other of Castellano.
The INBA’s traditions continue to this day (es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internado_Nacional_Barros_Arana ) and the latest official reports suggest that its buildings were able to survive the earthquake of February 27 with little damage (www.inba.cl /).
The gigapan comprises a total of twelve images taken with a Nikon D90 DSLR and a 55mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor AIS lens mounted on a set of Nikon PB-4 bellows. The negative strip was held and reproduced using a PS-4 slide adapter. Each of original three negative frames was photographed with overlapping images to create four digital images per frame.
If anyone has information on the current status of the mural depicted in this gigapan, please post a comment.
I apologize for the low quality of the result but this is one instance where the content and historical significance of the images take precedence over technical details.