The Little Shop of Glass Wonders in Venice

Every time I lead a photo tour in Venice, I always try to offer my students some new and unique experiences. These typically involve visits to workshops and factories where ancient and obscure crafts are still practiced by artists and craftsmen using the tools and techniques of yore. In the past, we visited a workshop where an artist makes beautiful …

The Making of the Gondola

Did you know that gondolas used to be painted with the colors of the families that owned them, before 1630? I was only after the plague that ravaged Venice in that year, that they started being painted black as a sign of mourning. Did you know that a gondola is built using six different types of wood? Oak, elm, cherry, …