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Serenissima: Venice in Winter
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In the new book, "Serenissima: Venice in Winter", Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman provide a stunning combination of fine art and journalistic photography twinned with lyrical text to capture the visual magic that occurs when "the most serene republic" reclaims itself as a living, breathing city and once more becomes a place "of water-filled streets ...velvet shadows and footsteps echoing off paving stones in the post-midnight silence..." Six years in the making and shot entirely in black and white, "Serenissima: Venice in Winter" combines brilliant architectural imagery with documentary photography in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and the great Italian photojournalist Gianni Berengo Gardin. Frank Van Riper's text shows the same literary mastery that won him a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and reflects the dreamlike quality of the photographs while also acknowledging the mystery and magic Venice is famous for.
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Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman are a husband-and-wife team whose specialty is location portraiture and documentary photography. Goodman's photographs have appeared in Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art and in the Baltimore Museum. Van Riper's photographs are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American Art, and Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. He now writes "Frank Van Riper on Photography,"a column that appears exclusively and worldwide on Washingtonpost.com, making him the most widely read photography writer in the United States.

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