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jeudi 12 avril 2018
"Dream of Venice in Black and White" un très beau livre de photographies en noir et blanc sur Venise
je suis honoré que deux de mes photos aient été choisies pour figurer dans ce magnifique ouvrage auquel ont participé 56 photographes du monde entier
About Dream of Venice in Black and White
The essential spirit of Venice. How do we see it? How do we capture it? What does it look like? In Dream of Venice in Black and White, our third book in the Dream of Venice series, we will be exploring Venice as a narrative in chiaroscuro. In a city noted for her luminous palette, there is elegant realism in focusing only on shadow and light. Without the distraction of color, her reality will be exposed. Over 50 photographers from around the world, have documented the city for this book. The acclaimed Italian author Tiziano Scarpa contributes a poignant reflection about his life as a Venetian, experiencing “perpetual change.” His eloquent and candid Introduction exposes the complex issues that threaten the survival of his city.
Venice has had the audacity to exist as a living city for over 1,500 years. But for how much longer?
We are honored that Tiziano Scarpa, a Venetian novelist, playwright and poet, has written the
Introduction. Venice Is A Fish, a sensual guide is his irreverent and intimate guide to Venice.
Many of you will be familiar with his perceptive oft-quoted observation “Gettinglost is the only
place worth going to.” In 2009 Tiziano won the Strega Prize for his third novel, Stabat Mater.
From the time we conceived of this project, Tiziano was our first choice to weave a meditation
about the city of his birth.
Dream of Venice in Black and White is dedicated to Gianni Berengo Gardin. He grew up in Venice
and it is where his children were born. He considers himself to be “a Venetian, both in character
and at heart.” In 1960 while taking the vaporetto from the Lido to work in San Marco, he shot
one of many iconic portraits of Venice, which he has generously allowed us to include in the
book. Berengo Gardin’s photographs both captivating and controversial have become intrinsic
to Italy’s collective conscious. We are indebted to him for his “Venezia e le Grandi Navi” exhibit,
which documented the ships as sea monsters, obliterating Venice and her Lagoon.
We are delighted to announce that a portion of the proceeds from every book sold will be
donated to Ikona Gallery in Venice. Founded by Živa Kraus in 1979, the gallery, located in
Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, is dedicated to the exhibition of significant contemporary
photographers. Since 1989, Signora Kraus has also been the director of the Ikona Venezia
School of International Photography, collaborating with organizations to further the cultural
understanding of photography through exhibits and workshops. In 2009, Ikona Gallery
celebrated their 30th anniversary with an exhibit of work by Gianni Berengo Gardin,
curated by Živa Kraus.
Dream of Venice in Black and White cover image by Lisa Katsiarsis. Image directly above
courtesy Mark Lindsay. Garry Wapshott photographed the reflection he captured during aqua
alta in the Piazza San Marco on the header of this site.
Early reviews for Dream of Venice in Black and White
“An enchanted Venice, in black and white, like a dream. But this is really the authentic Venice,
a dream-reality that we must love and defend.” —Salvatore Settis, author, If Venice Dies
“This remarkable anthology, thanks to the wintery season, the tones of black and white and
the virtual absence of tourists, offers us the romantic melancholy, the poetry of reflections
and the beauty of light that are the magic of Venice.” —Philip Rylands, Director Emeritus,
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
“The beauty of Venice could not exist without the unwavering love of those who live and work here. This book captures with magnificent images and passionate words the spirit of a dream that the world should not take for granted.” —Shaul Bassi, Director, International Center for the Humanities and Social Changes at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice