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VENEZIA DALL'ALTO - Venice From Above

Last year two cultural events enlivened the Carnival on Giudecca Island, both at the Giudecca 795 Art Gallery under the title "Art and Chocolate": first, the show "Maschere d'Artista" (Masks by Artists, M. Baccanti, G. Deandrea, and B. Katz).

The second and even more successful event was "Venezia dall'alto -- Venice from Above", an exhibit of some of the aerial photos by Giampaolo Agostinelli that make up the photo book of the same title. The books and photos are always available. 

The book, in bilingual edition (Italian/English) with phots by Agostinelli, is published by AWD and is curated by Rosalba Giorcelli.

The most recent photo book about Venice, Italy -- "Venezia dall'alto / Venice from Above" -- gives you the extraordinary and relatively exclusive opportunity to admire Venice and her Lagoon from above. This is the first book to show the Calatrava bridge, the most recent works of the MOSE system, and not-as-touristy areas of Venice. Try to imagine what it would be like to rise higher than the St. Mark's steeple, which stands at almost 300 ft., and soar over the city: it is a breathtaking source of new discoveries. Flying at low altitude over Venice is a rare experience and a tough job, but thanks to Giampaolo Agostinelli, an extraordinary photographer and aviator, we are afforded the rarest of opportunities to discover Venice and the lagoon from on high. We have selected 114 photos and added brief descriptions and maps to help readers find their bearings in the maze that is Venice. This is the very first photographic book about Venice to feature the Ponte della Costituzione (the Calatrava Bridge) from above (it is the fourth and newest bridge to span the Grand Canal), but it is only one of the many reasons why this book is so special. It's as if one were dreaming of flying over Venice.
As the City Councillor for Cultural Production, Luana Zanella writes in the preface: "Venice, one of the most photographed cities in the world, has an unquestionable and strong fascination upon all reporters - no matter if professional or amateur photographers, or simply tourists - all attracted by its uniqueness, by its magical and touching enchantment. Giampaolo Agostinelli, photographer and aviator, can't escape the power of Venice, but his shots from the helicopter offer back totally unconventional images, new and surprising perspectives. Browsing this splendid book, it is impossible not to be astonished, once more and even more, by the urban structure of Venice, searched and depicted by his lens, with such angles offering wider and closer views, overall glances which are precluded if walking or riding the canals. It's a confirm but also out-and-out turnover of inner landscape for the ones who, like me, have been living and working here since their birth, and who know most of the Venice representations made by photographers, filmmakers, painters. The aerial photographs collected in this book are also valuable in providing important documentation, useful for the urban analysis and for the urbanistic design, as the fruit thru centuries of a unique relationship between Nature and culture, of the miracle match of stone and water, like John Ruskin said), as well as the comprehension of the most recent transformations."

Websites: veneziadallalto.com (Italiano);
venicefromabove.com
(English)

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