Jean-Michel Berts has been a photographer since age sixteen. With his first Rolleiflex camera he became sensitive to the effects of light. Today Berts enjoys an international reputation and exhibits his work at numerous art fairs around Europe. He has also worked on advertising campaigns for luxury brands such as Lancôme, Dior, Hermès, and Yves Saint Laurent.
In his fifth volume in Assouline’s successful series, photographer Jean-Michel Berts turns his lens to Venice. For centuries, writers, artists, musicians, poets, and dreamers of all kinds have wandered this captivating city, finding inspiration in its labyrinth of hidden lanes and myriad bridges.
Venice is the place that awakened his passion for urban photography, and his profound enchantment with Venice is palpable in each image.
Accompanied by his “faithful old camera,” and with a prayer to Lumens, his name for the god of photography, Berts reveals La Serenissima through his ethereal black and white photographs taken at daybreak, when the city’s magnificent architecture is shrouded in misty solitude.
“I always try to give my photographs a feeling of timeless…I never know the photograph i’m going to make, the photograph comes to me, it finds me.” Jean-Michel Berts