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A cidade de S o Paulo e a era dos melhoramentos materiaes. Obras públicas e arquitetura vistas por meio de fotografias de autoria de Milit o Augusto de Azevedo, datadas do período 1862-1863

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The first photographs of S o Paulo, taken by Milit o Augusto de Azevedo between 1862 and 1863, are always cited as documentary evidence of the city s backwardness, deterioration, and lethargy in the mid 19th century. However, our view is that things were quite different, based on a reading of prime sources dating back to that period. In fact, the architecture and urban spaces of S o Paulo already showed clear signs of modernization between the years 1850 and 1860, as depicted in Azevedo s photographs, which belong to the collection of Paulista Museum and also of the Iconography and Museums Division of the S o Paulo Heritage Department.


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