Alexey TitarenkoThe City is a Novel May 12, 2017 - September 15, 2017

Piazzetta San Marco, Venice, 2001

41 x 41 cm | 16,1 x 16,1 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 10/10, printed in 2001

Clock Tower, Venice, 2014

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 2/10, printed in 2014

San Marco, Girls and Pigeons, Venice, 2003

29 x 29 cm | 11,5 x 11,5 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 1/10, printed in 2003

Colums, Piazzetta San Marco, Venice 2006

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 6/10, printed in 2009

Sunset at San Barnaba, Venice, 2004

31 x 31 cm | 12,2 x 12,2 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 3/10, printed in 2004

Laundry Hanging Along Canal, Venice, 2006

40,5 x 41 cm | 15,9 x 16,1 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 4/10, printed in 2006

Bell Tower, Venice, 2006

42 x 42 cm | 16,5 x 16,5 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 8/10, printed in 2006

Crowd 2, Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, St. Petersburg, 1993

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 5/10, printed in 2009

Umbrellas, St. Petersburg, 1995

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 1/10, printed in 1996

Near Lion Bridge, St. Petersburg, 1997

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 2/5, printed in 2009

Old-fashioned Moscovitch, St. Petersburg, 1993

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 1/5, printed in 2009

Couple with Umbrella, New York, 2014

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 14/25, printed in 2014

Domino Factory, New York, 2011

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 7/25, printed in 2011

Fire Alarm Box, Little Italy, New York, 2013

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 5/25, printed in 2013

Bryant Park, New York, 2004

17,8 x 17,8 cm | 7 x 7 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 8/15, printed in 2014

58 Street, New York, 2012

30,5 x 30,5 cm | 12 x 12 inches
Gelatin silver print with silver reduction and sepia toning. Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist in pencil on verso
Edition 3/10, printed in 2012

Alexey Titarenko

The City is a Novel

May 12, 2017 - September 15, 2017

At 6.30 p.m. on Friday, 12 May 2017, the Spazio Damiani will be inaugurating an exhibition entitled The City is a Novel, showcasing the work of photographer Alexey Titarenko. The exhibition presents about twenty works by the artist produced in three different cities: Venice, New York and St. Petersburg, his home town.

The city is thus an undisputed exponent in Titarenko’s photographic research, and its varying expressions become metaphors to illustrate different conditions of human life. Venice, New York and St. Petersburg are the entities through which Titarenko tells his story, one imbued with a refined literary culture cultivated from childhood through the writings of Chekhov, Dostoyevsky and many other authors. This has given form to a visual display that does not seek to fix an urban scene or, conversely, capture its movement: Titarenko’s intent is to let the city speak, to leave it free to tell its own stories, thus blurring the boundary between depiction and reality. In this way, urban scenes find space in his photographs in which the sharpness of some elements combine with blurred details obtained through prolonged exposure times: people on the move, cars, but also meteorological elements go to form tableaux vivants with a strong narrative flavour. Time and its passing are the focus of the novel Titarenko wishes to talk about.

Each city is an important hub in Titarenko’s approach to photography. St. Petersburg is his home town, the one in which he developed his sensibility and which gave him a particular inclination for dreamlike depictions. For Venice, he adopted a similar approach: with its myriad reflections of water and rarefied atmosphere, it offered the artist the widest range of light and shadow to test himself. New York, finally, is the city that welcomed him and in which he found the most contemporary version of the stories he likes to tell.

All the photographs in the exhibition, square in format and of a medium and small size, are printed in black and white on silver gelatin paper. The process Titarenko adopts to arrive at the final result, however, is more complex because it includes toning applied by brush in silver and sepia, and a selenium toner bath that confers brightness to whites and intensity to blacks and greys. In some cases, he completes the special printing process with a further toning in gold that gives the windows of the buildings photographed the typical luminosity of a sunset.

The City is a Novel is also the title of the book published by Damiani presenting the complete series taken in Venice, New York, St Petersburg and Havana.

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