"Par amour pour la Venise d'hier"

(By love for the Venice of yesterday)

of Serge Bassenko




From 20 to 28 June 2014

La Semaine italienne
Galerie Athena (2nd floor)
Mairie du 13e arrondissement
Place d'Italie - Paris (France)
Opening hours of the City Hall
Info : +33 1 44 08 13 13


40 black & white photographs of Venice, chosen amongst the most beautiful of Serge Bassenko's, shot by day, by night and in the lagoon.
Taken before the recent renovation works (1973-1989), they give us back the authentic, romantic, and strong charm of the ancient Venice, so tender to the Venetians' hearts, which even nowadays, irresistibly attracts the lovers and visitors of the whole world.
Venice is probably the most photographed city in the world, nevertheless, we are estonished to discover here a moving and almost unknown Venice: peaceful wynds, small canals accessible only by boat, dark and mysterious nights only just illuminated with poor lanterns, the wild and hidden lagoon. Intimacy and serenity rule, crossing time, as in a city you feel at home in.
Serge Bassenko loved Venice tender, and with such a passion that he spent twenty years photographing it, paying homage to the one that, not so long ago, was the Mistress of the Seas.





Go to the photographs of the exhibition





Some visitors' comments on the exhibition



very good choice
beautiful presentation, handsome with the panels
beautiful: the night photographs with a black background
beautiful printing quality, beautiful stuff
the details are thin
beautiful black and white contrasts
many amateurs of black and white: black and white is beautiful, Ah! black and white photos, silver prints, it could not be so good in color
photographs on paper: better effect than on a screen, because of the paper grain, the photographs are larger, it's a bit distant to look at them, you have to walk from one to another


each photograph is different, all beautiful
people really loved photos by night: how beautiful they are, by night! photographs by night = magic
by day: you are at ease, therein
lagoon: wild, very fascinating, astonishing, unknown, at least as beautiful as day and night photographs


I have found the exact atmosphere I felt in Venice a long time ago, that's Venice
past Venice, out of the beaten tracks
Venice has lost his soul today, like all modern cities > has become a scenery
completely different from usual photographs; these are good
it is calm, beautiful, you feel inside there
soothing, they make you feel good
you enter in Venice or you don't: you are taken into a cocoon, in the warm, yet you are free
that makes you feel like going there, really
you'd like to be there
magic photographs


time stops, timeless
no characters > timeless, immortal Venice
Venice = as a living being, one can understand that Serge Bassenko felt he was a friend with Venice, you never forget Venice, it is rather Venice that left us


Serge Bassenko has a look that makes you love
very personal framings
they seem to be film photographs
real artist, he sees
the photographs are like the man: peace and poetry
what you do is good: to put some beauty and dream in this world


the photographs by night would be better with a white frame to be emphasized
some night photographs are too dark, you cannot see the details
by night: a little sad
Venice did not change
Venice was in bad condition at the time: rickety balcony, ruined rough-cast
music would be necessary to attract people to the exhibition
labels under each photograph would be necessary, not only single sheets
photographs often seem to be cut off, were they reframed?

* VISITORS' BOOK (a quotation choice)

Magnificent photographs, of a serene Venice, with the grace and the charm of the black and white. Thank you!
A thousand thanks for a gorgeous exhibition! Andrea e Caterina Cavallari, General Consul of Italy
Splendid photographs. A marvelous dream, a superb stroll. Thank you and thousand cheers
Very beautiful exhibition, romanticism, beauty. The photographer knew how to capture the emotion from a sleeping Venice. Thank you
Thank you for this marvelous exhibition
Superb exhibition which has reminded me beautiful records of Venice. Thank you for this beautiful record. Aziz Amri, Cultural Counselor at the Tunisian Embassy
Poet's peaceful observation, and his tracking as someone who dares to lose himself
Thank you! Aspire to the calm, serenity. Time unfortunately did not stop… when leaving the exhibition. Too bad
Such a beautiful story, yours, in these photographs of Venice. I do not know how to say it otherwise
Pretty photographs. Hurray for the black and white! Venice is even more beautiful
Very beautiful photos, and moreover the words. Laura Federici, showing her paintings at the "Bièvres" Art Gallery in the Mairie du 13e
Far from Rialto and Saint Mark's, immersion in poor and secret Venice. Very beautiful photographs. And long live the black and white!




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