Three hundred thousands of mostly still unpublished black and white images: negatives on glass leaving place, as time passes, to 4 x 5 images on film sheet, then to 120 rolls during the Fifties replaced by 135 cartridges from the early 1970s on. Such is the content of the Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche archive in numbers.
A quick peek at it and we can't help falling in love with long-gone faces, places and facts whose strength still pops out of each contact print and has now become history: movie stars and art/culture personalities, day and night views of Venice and of the surrounding countryside, gossip, crime, sports and local news, artwork or prints reproductions. Local events like high tides, strikes and protests, celebrations, floods, regattas, the Venice Carnival, regional and period costumes... You name it and it's there.
Many different hands respectfully took care of the archive across 60 years, updating classification methods along with progress: notes written with fountain pen come with early images, then typewriter fonts on index cards classify them. This is now being turned into a spreadsheet for quick access and easy search.
The starsinvenice.com website is our first step into making the archive’s content globally accessible. It mainly deals with personalities, next stage being News and Events, with the final goal of completely cataloguing and putting online our huge archive.
A brief chronology:
The Venetian photographer Dino Jarach sets up INTERPHOTO - this was the agency’s first name - which immediately gains success in the photo journalism world through reportage on celebrities (show business, international culture) visiting Venice.
INTERPHOTO's name is turned into the current CAMERAPHOTO.
Vittorio Pavan (present owner of the archive) joins CAMERAPHOTO, which more and more focuses on artwork reproduction and on documenting artwork restorations. Artwork reproduction becomes Vittorio’s main work from 1987 on.
Vittorio Pavan chooses to continue alone and sets up BIANCONERO VENEZIA, a photo laboratory dedicated to black and white develop and print. He becomes the sole owner of the CAMERAPHOTO EPOCHE historical archive.
The Celebrities section of the CAMERAPHOTO EPOCHE archive, belonging to Vittorio Pavan's BIANCONERO VENEZIA, goes online on Starsinvenice.com .