Welcome to the home page of Bella Figura Publications, an imprint dedicated to publishing the Dream of Venice series of photography books on Venice as a living city. Visit the pages for Dream of Venice Architecture; Dream of Venice; and our new book Dream of Venice in Black and White.


Announcing the Publication of
Dream of Venice in Black and White

Cover Dream of Venice Black and White


The essential spirit of Venice. How do we see it? How do we capture it? What does it look like?  In this, our third book in the Dream of Venice series, we will be exploring Venice as a narrative in chiaroscuro. In a city noted for her luminous palette, there is elegant realism in focusing only on shadow and light. Without the distraction of color, her reality will be exposed.

The introduction to Dream of Venice in Black & White will be written by a visionary that we will be announcing soon along with the Venetian not-for-profit proceeds from the book will benefit. This, the third in Bella Figura Publication’s Dream of Venice series, will join our original publication Dream of Venice and our most recent book Dream of Venice Architecture in September 2018. Dream of Venice in Black and White cover image by Lisa Katsiarsis. Header images courtesy Garry Wapshott, from the upcoming book Dream of Venice in Black and White


Dream of Venice Architecture
An Award-Winning Title

Ippy Award LogoDream of Venice Architecture has won a 2017 Silver  “IPPY” Award. Established in 1996 as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, the Independent Publisher Awards receive 5,000 international entries. “Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing,” the IPPY Awards showcase the best books from throughout North America and the English-speaking world.



 About Dream of Venice Architecture

Dream of Venice Architecture is a journey through the remarkable Venetian urban landscape. A cadre of architects and architectural writers explore the uncharacteristic elements that make Venice unique in the world. Often the first reaction to Venice is one of feeling overwhelmed by the astonishing beauty of her existence.

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Dream of Venice Architecture reveals the features that contribute to incredulity, from the mysterious sotoporteghi to the complexity of Carlo Scarpa’s immaculate detailing. The book includes reveries from architects who have built in the city, been inspired by the city and share in the wonder.

The introduction is by Richard Goy, the international authority on Venetian architecture. He bridges the chasm between the original muddy wilderness of the 5th century and the opulence of the built environment.


Rialto Bridge in Venice


The dramatic photographs are by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer Riccardo De Cal, who has focused his work on architects, architecture and restorations in the Veneto.  He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the Bucharest Biennale, at the Milan Triennale, and film festivals in Lisbon, Cannes and Venice. A portion of the proceeds from each book will be donated to Fondazione Querini Stampalia. Dream of Venice Architecture is a luminous book, which portrays Venice as a magnificent living city.


Contributors to
Dream of Venice Architecture

Tadao Ando, Japan; Enrico Baleri, Italy; James Biber, USA; Randy Bosch, USA; Mario Botta, Switzerland; Constantin Boym, USA; Louise Braverman, USA; Vincenzo Casali, Italy; Francesco Da Mosto, Italy; Cynthia Davidson, USA; Michele De Lucchi, Italy; Massimiliano Fuksas, Italy; Jonathan Glancey, UK; Richard Goy, UK; Frank Harmon, USA; Guy Horton, USA; Michael Johnson, USA; Shun Kanda, USA; Max Levy, USA; Juergen Mayer H., Germany; Robert McCarter, USA; William Menking, USA; Richard Murphy, Scotland; Louise Noelle, Mexico; Dial Parrott, USA; Valeriano Pastor, Italy; Guido Pietropoli, Italy; Carlo Ratti, Italy; Witold Rybczynski, USA; Anne-Catrin Schultz, USA; Annabelle Selldorf, USA; TAMassociati, Italy; Michael Welton, USA; Thomas Woltz, USA; Diana Yakeley, UK; Rocco Yim, China.


Dream of Venice:
Exploring the Allure of Venice

The mysterious allure of the ancient floating city of Venice is captured in Dream of Venice, a book of evocative photography and beguiling words of a diverse group of contemporary Venetophiles. The luminous photographs, in both color and black and white, compliment the intimate thoughts, memories, poems, and stories of notable contributors from the worlds of art, literature, design, cuisine, music, and filmmaking. Readers will want to listen to the silence of the canals and get lost in the ethereal mist of Piazza San Marco. Included are anecdotes and Venetian recollections from Woody Allen, Julie Christie, Diane Hales, Marcella Hazan, Erica Jong, Judith Martin, Linus Roache, and Nicolas Roeg.

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This was the first release in Bella Figura Publications’ series on Venice. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Dream of Venice benefit Save Venice.

Meet the Authors:

Charles Christopher works in Hollywood as a motion picture and TV still photographer for clients that include Universal Pictures, NBC, Lifetime, Hallmark and Syfy. His architectural, travel and cityscape photographs have been included in exhibits up and down the West Coast. Mr. Christopher is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild as well as the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA). He was born in New York City.

JoAnn Locktov established Bella Figura Publications in 2014, as an imprint dedicated to publishing books on contemporary Venice. Prior to publishing, JoAnn wrote two best-selling books on contemporary mosaics for Rockport  Publishers.  Her work as an international publicist in design and architecture has brought her to Italy annually for last decade. She’s written numerous articles on the Venetian experience.

Frances Mayes is a preeminent poet, memoirist, essayist, and novelist. Her internationally best-selling books, including Under Magnolia and Under the Tuscan Sun, revolve around her life in Tuscany and her travels throughout the world. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.