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Gigapan: Eduardo Frick

Eduardo Frick wanted to focus his issue of GigaPan Magazine on the inequality and contrasts in Brazil. The 2014 World Cup represented an example of the divide.

Prior to the start of the games, a Pew Research Center poll showed that 61 percent of Brazilian participants said that the World Cup had been bad for the country. Protest groups argued that the funding could have been better spent on schools, health care or public services to address problems of inequality in the country, rather than promoting it.

In the end, public spending on infrastructure totaled an estimated $11.3 billion. Many experts say the impact of the games will ultimately hurt the Brazilian economy. Brazilian Officials tell a different story.

"We lost the trophy, but Brazil won the World Cup," Aloisio Mercadante, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff tells CNN.

Official reports, released late June, show that the Cup brought in 1 million foreign tourists, exceeding the projected 600,000 and pumping foreign money into the economy.

Others argue that the large crowds at airports and other transportation facilities scared off domestic tourists, causing the tourism industry to break even.

"Every time you get a World Cup tourist you get one less regular tourist," Dr. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist and economics professor at Smith College in Massachusetts, tells CNN.

The debate over whether or not the Cup was beneficial for Brazil or the Brazilian people remains unresolved. Like any other infrastructure project, there will be winners and losers, but time will tell if the impact of the games will benefit the country as a whole.

Guest Editors

Eduardo Frick is a 46-year-old photographer, multimedia and web publisher, and lifelong student of finding artistic applications for computer-aided technology. He is self-taught in computer science, database development and desktop publishing systems.

At the turn of the 21st century, Frick abandoned publishing books and magazines to open a web development and consulting business, where he now manages several websites and has a development team.

As a photographer, Frick was one of the first Brazilian photographers to utilize the GigaPan Epic Pro and consider panoramic photographer as a means to highlight his work and the work of many other established Brazilian photographers. Much of his work focused on football games in Rio de Janeiro, which gave him stadium access to produce GigaPans of the Brazilian Championship games and Copa Libertadores.

As a digital artist, Frick is best known for creating videos and images with fractal software. His other interests include producing musical vignettes and soundtracks for videos and creating psychedelic electronic music on old synth machines.

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