Venice as a city is filled with vibrant colors, but it takes on a distinctive quality when viewed purely in black, white and tones of grey. This remarkable contrast inspired the book “Dream of Venice in Black and White.” It is a photographic narrative using contributions from over 50 photographers from ten countries. The images have documented a visual legacy of the elegant realism of the city in light and shadow.
Acclaimed Italian author Tiziano Scarpa contributed a reflection of his life as a Venetian, a life he describes as one of perpetual change within the timeless city. Scarpa’s eloquent and candid introduction describes the complex issues that threaten the survival of Venice. But through his compelling words as well as his images and those of the many photographic contributors, the book unveils a city that is remarkable on many visual levels.
Dream of Venice in Black and White is dedicated to the photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin, who grew up in Venice. His photographs, both captivating and controversial, have become intrinsic to Italy’s collective vision of the city.