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name and portrait Tito Dupret

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city and country Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

personal statement For a decade this year, Tito Dupret, 40 years old, originally from Belgium, has been traveling in numerous countries in order to document the World Heritage List in panophotographies — immersive and interactive spherical images.

His work can be viewed on which offers almost 300 cultural and natural sites out of 911 that have been registered by UNESCO as the most significant places on Earth.

His project has been featured in several prestigious media around the world. He works within the framework of a non-profit organization he created in Belgium and which pursues educational purposes.

The panophotographies he produces are documentation for future generations in a fast changing world. Some places he has recorded have now disappeared.

Today, Tito Dupret is at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, and has begun a PhD study on panophotography and domoscopy. His academic work includes an effort to prototype a projection of World Heritage sites onto the domes of planetariums.

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first image place date Hamer tribe near Dembella in the Lower Valley of the Omo River, Ethiopia
first image caption A prehistoric site near Lake Turkana in the lower valley of the Omo is renowned the world over. The discovery of many fossils there, especially Homo gracilis, has been of fundamental importance in the study of human evolution. The Lower Valley of the Omo is unlike any other place on Earth in that so many different types of people have inhabited such a small area of land over many millennia. It is believed that it was the crossroads of a wide assortment of cultures where early humans of many different ethnicities passed as they migrated to and from lands in every direction.

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second image place date Cappelle Paolina Borghesiana in Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy
second image caption This spectacularly and richly decorated chapel houses the oldest Marian image in Rome, called the Salus Populi Romani. It is famously reputed to have been painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist using the very wooden table of the Holy Family in Nazareth. Starting in the 420’s A.D. church building in Rome was defined by the idea of remaking Rome as not just the center of the known world, but as the center of the Christian world and Santa Maria Maggiore was the greatest example of this.

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third image place date Ceiling of the Chinese pavilion in Laeken, near Brussels, Belgium
third image caption King Leopold II wanted to create a walk through exotic architectural works in his time, not far from his royal palace. The Chinese Pavilion was opened in 1913. Since 1946, this has became an annex of the Royal Museums of Art and History. Chinese furniture, china, and tapestries dating from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century are exhibited there.

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