“Photography in Venice” Saint Samuel CHurch – August 3 – September 29, 1985

Show curated by Ziva Kraus – IkonaPhoto Gallery

“From the foreword of the catalogue curated by Ziva Kraus:

...................the exhibition “Photography in Venice” – PAOLO MONTI and MICHELE ALASSIO, is linked to the history of photography and to the city of Venice; its purpose is the world-wide promotion of Italian photography and it aims not only at a photographic survey of Venice, but above all at placing gerater emphasis on the photographic image itself.....

....to present a young Venetian photographer, Michele Alassio, at his first exhibition, in order to consider photography in the presence of its most difficult and mythicized shot “image”: Venice itself. Such a clear-cut and “beautiful” image discloses man’s true dimension and freedom, as well as the artist’s opportunity to bring forth his possible creation and to reach is own expression......

..........Michele Alassio is a young Venetian photographer whose poetical expression is clear and precise. Alassio has made photography his raison d’ etre, identifying it with his life and consciousness. From the “labyrinth” of Venice many images spring out: the stagnation of time, light and shade. They are fixed in the iconographic image of an expressionism wich does not struggle for any ideal, but only denounces the state of things. His photography defines itself through images as well as human lifes define itself trough man’s choices and is own destiny.......