This Spring, the Casa Tre Oci gallery on Giudecca is presenting a major exhibition dedicated to the late, great Venetian photographer Fulvio Roiter. Featuring over 200 iconic images spanning his entire career, it’s the most comprehensive showcase of Roiter’s work ever realised, and the first retrospective since his death in Venice in 2016.
Born in 1926 in Meolo, a small town in the municipality of Venice, Roiter first became interested in photography while studying to become a chemist. His early attraction to the medium coincided with Italy’s post-war Neo-Realist movement, in which film-makers and photographers used their work to address the country’s social and economic concerns. In 1948, Roiter met Paolo Monti – one of the founders of the Venetian photography group “La Gondola” – and following this seminal encounter, his passion for photography gradually developed into a lifelong profession
The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through Roiter’s career, beginning with some of his earliest works during his Neo-Realist period of the late 1940s, and continuing with photographs taken on his travels to far-flung places including the Amazon, Andalucia, Mexico, Iran and beyond. The fundamental core of the show, however, is the powerful portfolio of iconic and incredibly beautiful images of Roiter’s beloved home city of Venice: the subject to which he returned time and again throughout his long life.
As the exhibition catalogue eloquently puts it, “The heart and soul of Fulvio Roiter’s work was Venice, the city that first invited his eyes to look through a viewfinder in order to bring to light what nobody had seen before. A magical city overflowing with history, the set for a film that had never been released but that soon everyone would want to see by walking along the alleys by the lagoon.
His photos had the power of a megaphone and managed to connect the city to the world. Venice was the research field where Roiter discovered his artistic identity precisely at the time when the city was being reborn through unusual and attractive images, through photographs that allowed the whole world to get to know its poetry and enchantment.”
“Fulvio Roiter. Photographs 1948-2007” is on view at Casa Tre Oci until 26th August 2018. For more information, visit www.treoci.org