Venetian Matters derives from a blog of the same name created while the author was studying Italian in Venice for 6 months. The immediacy of the blog is maintained while the major theme of the book, interrelationships between design and life are enriched.
Touching on urbanistic themes, the problems of nature, time and acqua alta, and the joy of meeting people – in ancient Pompeii as well as at an event in Venice today, the events are treated as adventures and illuminated by the author’s photographs.
Jonathan Foster is an architect and photographer from New York. He has taught autistic children, had a bicycle shop, and studied at the Graduate School of Design where he was a Harvard Fellow in Architectural History. He is interested in everything from the cult of tea to the meaning of a smile. The study of how a place affects people, and vice versa, rises to the surface in these photographs of Venice and nearby locales. He resides in East Hampton and Venice.