by Marina Vitaglione


English with Italian translation

The fragile foundations of Venice are slowly being eroded by rising tides, subsidence and pollution – undergoing a brutal transformation that threatens irreversible change to this widely beloved city. Illustrated with degraded images from films submerged in Adriatic seawater, this photo/text docufiction unravels a narrative in which the lagoon city poignantly chronicles its own disappearance.

TRADE EDITION Hardcover, 84 pages, 24 x 17 cm portrait
Section‐sewn and quarter-bound; booklet insert with Italian translation
41 colour photographs, 12 pages of literary text
Publication 25 September 2017 | ISBN: 9780994791924

Solastalgia is a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at home, but the environment is changed.

Combining fictitious storytelling and poetic photography, Solastalgia sheds light on an increasingly urgent environmental issue affecting the archipelago of 118 islands that make up the city of Venice, Italy.

Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European city most under threat from the impact of climate change. Its buildings and fragile foundations are progressively eroded by rising global sea-levels, land subsidence, frequent high tides, and maritime pollution caused by hulking cruise ships. In the past hundred years the water level has risen by nearly 30cm (12in) – sparking ‘extreme concern’ from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2016.

Written in the voice of Venice – a city deserted by its inhabitants and sinking gradually into oblivion – this emotive book recalls its former life of grandeur and speculates on the outcome of its worsening predicament. Photographs are made from film negatives that lay soaking for weeks in the same Adriatic seawater that is actively deteriorating and swallowing the city.

Design by Roberta Donatini

The Author

Marina Vitaglione is a photo researcher, photographer and journalist from France.

She is a former fellow at Fabrica communication research centre in Treviso, Italy (2016-2017) and has an MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism with Distinction from London College of Communication.

Reviews + Press

“One of those rare projects which combines creative concept with urgency of subject, and where all elements exist in a brilliant balance.”Lewis Bush

“A really great concept and perspective – The photography is beautiful, and the text very powerfully pulls the work together to connect with the subject on an emotional level.”Mandy Barker

“A beautiful book of a fine body of work, and an important global issue. I’m very pleased to have my own copy before it’s too late.” Tracy Homer

See more:
Review on Lenscratch
The Eye of Photography (En) / L’Oeil de la Photographie (Fr)

Special Notes

Print Edition available!

* Photoeye #5 Weekly Bestsellerfor Week ending 21 October 2017Newsletter

Solastalgia is held in the following collections:
Fabrica Library (Catena di Villorba, IT)
Officine Fotografiche (Rome, IT)
Tufts University Library (MA, USA)