Fotografia Italiana – Italian Photography
Born in 1946 near Rialto, Andrea Grandese lives in Cannaregio and with a mother from Burano and a father from Rialto, is an authentic Venetian. He attended a classical lyceum before graduating in sociology in Trento. After a variety of different working and creative experiences, he went on to become a publisher, first in the Venetian field and then internationally, working with the most important publishing houses of illustrated and art books worldwide. He is a modest loner who is light years away from power whatever its form, with the exception of his terrible character that he cannot escape; he has always lived in Venice, although he has repeatedly tried to flee in an attempt to forget its progressive decay but, no matter what, he has always come back.
He lives in Milan where he has been working as a freelance photographer and journalist since the 1960s. He has collaborated with the main italian and some foreign newspapers (Germany, Switzerland), publishing hundreds of articles on tourism, hiking, leisure, science and technology, for which he was also awarded ten Awards. At the end of the 1980s he conceived and directed the first video magazine in Europe and perhaps in the world distributed on newsstands (videotape + newspaper) on turism and ature, (Italy, France and Spain). Author, alone and with others, of a hundred illustrated books, manuals on photography, tourism, hiking and sport, science and technology, some of which also published in Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, United States.
Mark E. Smith
Born in Morocco in 1942 he moved to Venice. Since 1973, he is a professional photographer specialized in reportage, art, architecture and nude. He participated in photographic stages with Helmut Newton, Marc Riboud, Elliott Erwitt and Oliviero Toscani. He teaches at the John Hall Venice Course and at the Centro Internazionale della Grafica in Venice. Official photographer for many years at Teatro la Fenice, Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Grassi. He had more than 35 personal exhibitions and many stages in Italy and France; published 56 books in Italy, France, USA, Germany, UK, Japan, Korea, Spain. His archive consists of 250.000 digitalised photos and 1.500.000 negatives and colour slides.
Her photography is intimate, her lens points people, their life and their being part of the world. The language she prefers is clear, black and white or chromatic dualisms. Metaphor is her way of seeing life and people. And herself.
Her shot is definitive: she adds nothing to her photos through photo editing programs or photo graphics. Her post-production interventions are limited to the basic light room: contrasts and lights. Photography is reality filtered and interpreted by those who make it and those who see it, in an uninterrupted research with no solutions. Or rather, finding different ones every time.