In a Focus piece, the July 2017 issue of Where Venice featured the Dream of Venice series of books published by Bella Figura Publications, an imprint developed by JoAnn Locktov. The mention, “Inspired by the city” opens with a question: “Why do we take photographs when we’re travelling?” Its editors answer, “Because we want to take home the images of the places we’ve visited but also recapture the emotions we felt during our stay.”
Dream of Venice Series in Where Venice
In highlighting the quality of the book, editors noted, “To ensure that you take home unforgettable memories of Venice, or if you’d like to give someone a special present expressing the mysterious allure of Venice, we recommend the purchase of two beautiful books of evocative photography, published by Bella Figura Publications: Dream of Venice and Dream of Venice Architecture.
Editors also mention the fact that the books are dedicated to the people of Venice, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to two non-profit associations which work towards supporting the city of Venice, Save Venice and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.
You can read the full article on the Where website in which editors give the photographers of both books a nod. Of the first, they deem the photography, “reverential images captured by Charles Christopher are complimented by the intimate thoughts, memories, poems, and stories of notable contributors from the worlds of art, literature, design, cuisine, music, and filmmaking.” In the second, they call out the contributors of writing by globally famous architects such as Tadao Ando, Michele de Lucchi, Mario Botta, Valeriano Pastor and Annabelle Selldorf, who have built in Venice; as well as those who contributed impressions who have merely been inspired by the city. You can also view the full PDF.
JoAnn Locktov Shares Insights on Publishing
For a bit more insight as to how Locktov came to publish these books, visit the Independent Publisher website where she penned a feature article titled “The Accidental Publisher.” It’s a fun read and a great nod by the organization that recently honored Dream of Venice Architecture with an IPPY Award.