Monday, November 4, 2019

Nicolò Degiorgis, La Laguna di Venezia (The Venice Lagoon), Rorhof: Bolzano-Boze (Italy), 2014, ed. 500

Degiorgis is a documentary photographer who runs the Rorhof publishing house with his partner Michele, and the following is their statement for this quite subtle and understated accordion book of 22 postcards of photographs of "The Venice Lagoon".

The city of Venice was founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands. It is worldwide-known for its blend of historical palaces, bridges, squares and local artisan shops. At the far ends of the city one can chance upon a different world ruled by seawater, strands, animals and plants. All together they constitute a unique and fragile ecosystem which past industrial developments and current increase of tourism are seriously putting at risk. Venice and its Lagoon – one of the biggest and most important in the Mediterranean – was declared world heritage site by UNESCO and still remains off touristic routes. Uninhabited islands, small watercrafts, piers, harbours and fishing infrastructures merge with the natural environment and extreme conditions man has to face in this very special place. With this project Nicolò Degiorgis aimes to pay homage to the city of Venice and draw our attention towards its controversies.

Individual cards 3 1/2" (h) x 5 1/2" (w), when fully opened 10 feet 1".

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