The Count Primoli archive

The Count Primoli archive

I recently had the chance to browse through a book of images of Venice dating back 1889, from the Primoli archive. 

This is a very precious collection of images taken by Count Giuseppe Primoli that show us how life was like in Venice at the end of the 19th century. I chose some among them and after a careful research to find where they had been taken (the caption often indicated only in a very generic way such as: “Bath in the canal” or “Family in the chapel”), I went to shoot exactly in the same place, with the same shot and trying to use the same focal length. The places are (almost) unchanged, while street life is completely missing. Now, when I see the same places again, it seems to me that I can hear the voices, see the gestures and the life that had been freezed by Count Giuseppe Primoli.

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