Gianni Berengo Gardin: “I like colour – just not in photography. I have always liked black and white.” The IndependentBorn in 1930 near Genoa on the northwest Italian coast, Gianni Berengo Gardin devoted himself early to photography. It was in his early twenties, while managing the family glass shop in Venice that he began to envisage a career in photography. “I was 30, living on the Lido in Venice, and every morning I took the vaporetto, or water bus, across to where I worked in San Marco,” he said. “I always carried my Leica with me, taking photographs for my own pleasure. I love Venice in the winter – the fog and the rain. This was taken one winter's morning, when all the men were off to work.”
Berengo Gardin usually chooses to work in black and white as “colour distracts from the subject”. His pictures feature a deep humanity tinged with irony that turned him into one of the most significant recorders of contemporary society.