Dream of Venice in Black and White

Dream of Venice in Black and White

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Dream of Venice in Black and White reveals Venice as a narrative in chiaroscuro. Over 50 photographers from 10 countries have documented the city to create a visual legacy of elegant realism in light and shadow. The acclaimed Italian author Tiziano Scarpa contributes a poignant reflection of his life as a Venetian, experiencing "perpetual change." His eloquent and candid Introduction exposes the complex issues that threaten the survival of Venice. Venice has had the audacity to exist as a living city for over 1,500 years. But for how much longer? Dream of Venice in Black and White is dedicated to Gianni Berengo Gardin. His photographs, both captivating and controversial, have become intrinsic to Italy's collective conscious. A portion of the proceeds from each book will be donated to the Ikona Photo Gallery, located in Venice's Ghetto Nuovo.
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  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 215 x 230 x 12.7mm | 570g
  • California, United States
  • Italian
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 77 b/w photos
  • 0990772527
  • 9780990772521
  • 325,462

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"The colorful kaleidoscope that is Venice is dramatically transformed through the artistic lenses of 56 photographers - whose work you will find in editor JoAnn Locktov's third book in the Dream of Venice series: Dream of Venice in Black and White. From 10 different countries and each with a unique perspective of Venice, the photographers skillfully lay bare the soul of La Serenissima in a masterful work of chiaroscuro - strongly contrasting light and dark to render an unforgettable glimpse into the magical city that rises from the sea. The elegant black and white perspectives reveal an emotionally charged timelessness that lies in the shadows of the Venice of postcard fame with its many colors and brightness. Venice is unique in that it is a city captured in a snapshot in time - architecturally it holds on to its past with magnificent palazzos lined along canals with views of floating regattas of vaporettos and gondolas moving to and fro, and more modest homes and buildings tucked behind and connected by myriad bridges over smaller canals. While the architecture remains barely touched by the present, her people have moved on with the decades and centuries. It seems nearly inconceivable to the casual observer - that a city that at any given time is bursting at the seams with crowds could be facing a future in which those living in the historical center of the city have become the minority. Now home to about 53,000 full-time residents, the Venetian population continues to dwindle and may be in danger of falling further. Acclaimed author and Venetian resident, Tiziano Scarpa writes in the book's introduction. "We are dying out," and "soon we will disappear. " The alluring siren's call of Venice has brought millions of tourists to her enchanted shores for decades. Now those who come to see the legendary city outnumber those who live there. Venice finds itself being overrun by tourism, yet without the tourism it may also die. Tourism has become the economic blood of this once great maritime city renowned as an important center of commerce. As a tourist, with dreams of some day living in Venice for a portion of the year, I understand the desire felt by those who've fallen in love with Venice and want to visit, explore and learn. I certainly can understand the economic realities of Venetians who depend on tourism. And I also realize that with the tourism an imbalance is occurring that threatens not only the fragile ecosystem of the Venetian Lagoon, but the way of life for many Venetians (even those dependent on tourism monies). Much like those black and white photos in Dream of Venice in Black and White, there is a stark contrast between the façade of architectural gems shining brightly along the canals joined by bridges over the 118 Venetian Islands that draws the tourists and the Venice that may be imperceptible to tourists but is home to Venetians. That hidden Venice lives and tells its story on the beautiful pages of venetophile, Locktov's latest contribution to the literary genre of art and travel."--Carmen Natschke, The Decorating Diva
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About Tiziano Scarpa

Tiziano Scarpa was born in Venice, Italy in 1963. He is a novelist, poet, playwright, and journalist. In 1997 he won the Italia Prize for his writing. Scarpa's lyrical novel, Stabat Mater (Serpent's Tail, 2011) was awarded the Strega Prize, Italy's most prestigious literary honor. His acclaimed Venice is a Fish: a Sensual Guide (Gotham Books, 2008) is known throughout the world as an idiosyncratic celebration of Venice. Corpo (Einaudi, 2005) is a collection of aphorisms and short stories about fifty parts of the human body. His books have been translated into many languages including Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, and Arabic. Scarpa has collaborated with musicians (jazz, rock, classical, pop) including Enrico Rava, Marlene Kuntz, Michele Tadini, and Debora Petrina. His essays about modern and contemporary art have featured Anish Kapoor, Tino Seghal, Mimmo Rotella, and Giorgio De Chirico. He currently lives in Venice. JoAnn Locktov is the founder of Bella Figura Publications, an imprint dedicated to publishing books on Venice. She previously edited the first two books in the "Dream of Venice" series. Beyond publishing, JoAnn is a dynamic resource on the subject of Venice. Her views on Venice, both political and cultural, have been featured in podcasts, interviews, and articles. Prior to publishing the "Dream of Venice" series, JoAnn wrote two books on contemporary mosaics for Rockport Publishers, Inc.
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