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shoot # 56 – Art photo gift and gateway for you

rothkopainting2b_lessred_phshMark Rothko at Tate Modern © Jan Oberg 2016

Lund, October 12, 2016
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Welcome to shoot – a gateway to the art world
 New editions, including Mark Rothko
Art Evening in Lund: the “photolution”
Collages from Iran
 Instagram – let’s follow each other!
Abstract photography video
 Venice: Can it still be saved?

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Dear Art Friend

Welcome to shoot # 56 – A gateway
The photo above is a digital gift – a moment of joy or reflection – to you from Oberg PhotoGraphics.

A special welcome to many new subscribers and social media and other friends – here is the preceding shoot. 

shoot aims to stimulate art curiosity and share positive stuff. It’s a gateway to the online “flip” GlobalArt Magazine, the blog I write as an art recommender, not art critic.

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New editions including one of Mark Rothko
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Shoot # 55 – Newsletter from Oberg PhotoGraphics

Lund, September 4, 2016
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Venice Morning 2012 © Jan Oberg

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• Venice: Can it be saved? • Iran • Abstract photography • Victoria & Albert Museum • Landskrona Photo Festival • Instagram • Cultural Night in Lund, Sweden:

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Shall Venice die?

It’s been known for quite some time that Venice in Italy is sinking and being destroyed also by over-tourism: 20 million per year in a city of 56,000 inhabitants whose number has fallen dramatically the last few years.

Many of you may have visited Venezia. Can you imagine it dead? I can’t, but it is a realistic scenario and I’ve written a bit about this tragedy on my art blog inspired by art historian Salvatore Settis’ recent wake-up call in the International New York Times and his new book, If Venice Dies.

I forward modest ideas about what can perhaps be done to stop this slow death, world attention to it being one.

But where is the EU in this? Where is the world beyond the market and profit-making? Venice is about a world heritage, not just Venice or Europe.

The photo above is from that unique city, shot at the best time of the year there, in early January when there are almost no tourists.


Anonymous in Venice © Jan Oberg 2015 – Click

Welcome to shoot # 55
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Venice sinks – What can be done?

“Can we save Venice before it is too late?” – asks Salvatore Settis on the Opinion Pages of the International New York Times. He is the chairman of the Louvre Museum’s scientific advisory council and the author of the – not forthcoming as INYT says – already published book “If Venice Dies.”

With a shrinking population – today only 56,000 inhabitants – and as many as 20 million visitors per year, Venice’s very existence is indeed threatened.

That Venice is in peril – well, that has been known for quite some time. And the diagnosis of the malaise is quite clear too: Greed, short-sightedness, corruption etc. being central catchwords. And fundamentally: the lack of appreciation of non-material, cultural creation that characterizes the ‘market’ lead, profiteering epoch in which we live.

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Group Selfie: Tourists Turn Their Backs To Venice’s History @ Jan Oberg 2016

Fortunately, there are constructive initiatives – but they don’t seem to be able to turn the trend. Venice is also sinking physically…

One very important such initiative is the 40+ years one with exactly that title – Venice in Peril and its Fund. There is the wonderful initiative by globally renown photographers who took photos in Venice and put the income from auctioning them into doing good for Venice – see the book and website of Real Venice.

I’m sure there are many others, I haven’t investigated it.

I have been to Venice many times. I love it. It’s a favourite destination for my photography.

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