From April 12 to June 9 2019 at Villa Carlotta will be held the exhibition “Chiare, fresche e dolci acque” Photographic trips in Lake Como.
From the mid-nineteenth century onwards Villa Carlotta has always been the favorite tourist destination of great travelers. Among the famous names who visited Villa Carlotta and Lake Como there are photographers, who, bewitched by the reflections of the waters of Lake Como and the spectacular mountain landscapes that surround it, so much have taken and experienced the territory of Como.
William Henry Fox Talbot himself, known as the inventor of photography, in September 1833 came to visit the highly celebrated places of the lake trying to immortalize them with the help of the clear camera that, projecting on a sheet of paper the landscape framed in the lens, allowed to delineate the contours, and then complete the drawing with the use of colors. It will be the poor results obtained with this technique that will push him to look for another way, leading him to have the brilliant intuition of entrusting to light the task that the skill of the hand of man could not achieve.
Precisely because of the importance that tourism and photography have had in the history of Villa Carlotta, the 2019 season opens with a photographic exhibition that traces a century of life and history of Como photography.
The works on display are part of a collection of over 3,000 photographs, assembled with wisdom and meticulousness by the Como collector Ruggero Pini. A journey that begins in the nineteenth century with Luigi Sacchi and Pompeo Pozzi and ends with snapshots by Alfred Stieglitz.
Divided into three sections, the exhibition collects photographs of Villa Carlotta, which you can relive over a century, the boats of Lake Como and the trades that have always characterized Como.