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Listening to Venice: The Photography of Renato D’Agostin

Those who have tickets to events in Zankel Hall during La Serenissma: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic will have an opportunity to view a special exhibition of photographs. To coincide with the festival, Carnegie Hall is presenting Listening to Venice: The Photography of Renato D’Agostin. The extraordinary beauty of Venice has made it one of the most photographed cities in the world. Every visitor becomes an instant photographer, sharing countless repetitions of the same iconic images. How does such a landscape—familiar even to those who have never visited—become a canvas for a creative artist with a lens?

On the Parterre level, concert patrons will see Venice from the perspective of Renato D’Agostin. His images depict not the Venice of postcards, but of private moments captured before they seemingly evaporate. He does not provide captions, preferring that viewers simply arrive at their own interpretations. The 16 original silver gelatin images—he prints in his own darkroom—have been selected from The Beautiful Cliché, a book of more than 50 images of Venice that he photographed in 2009 and 2011.


Renato D’Agostin was born in 1983 in San Donà di Piave, Italy, located in the province of Venice. The proximity and atmosphere of La Serenissima nurtured his curiosity to capture moments with a camera, prompting him to embark on a career in photography when he was 18. After studying in Milan and photographing Europe for a month, he moved to New York in 2005, where he met photographer Ralph Gibson, who made him his assistant. Renato had his first exhibit at 24. In the last 10 years, his photography has been on display in more than 50 exhibitions in a dozen countries all over the world. At just 34, Renato’s photographs have already become part of the permanent collections of such repositories as the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; the George Eastman Museum in Rochester; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie; in Paris; The Phillips Collection and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; and the International Center of Photography in New York.

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