Venice: A Tender Craft
by Robert A. Parker
About the Book
This book offers an interpretation of Venice in words and pictures. First is an interpretation of the city's history and culture through a journal kept during a visit by the author with his family. Second is a short novel that tells the story of Antonio, a failed artist who earns his living as a gondolier. Both works evoke the city's past, its shimmering canals, and Venice's uncertain future. Both are accompanied by artistic photographs that capture the beauty of this fragile city.
Robert A. Parker has been an active writer and photographer for more than 40 years. He has won national awards as a director of publications for corporate magazines, and his free-lance writing has appeared in The New York Times and major consumer magazines. He has also exhibited award-winning photos in the New York/New Jersey area, including with his wife Margot at both the Venezuelan Consulate and the Donnell Library in Manhattan, plus at Brookdale Community College, Freehold, and New Providence Memorial Library. His work has also been shown at The Donald B. Palmer Museum, Springfield, Sussex County Community College, and the Arts Guild of Rahway. Margot has earned many awards. She has received a major “Award of Merit” from the New Jersey Photography Forum, plus awards from art associations of Rutherford and Clifton. She has also exhibited her photography and art in group exhibits at the National Arts Club, Manhattan, the Segal Gallery, Montclair State, and other venues.