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“Fulvio Roiter: High-Rise New York” On View for the NYU Community

detail from Fulvio Roiter photograph. Copyright Fondazione Fulvio Roiter, Rome

Photographic Exhibition
Fulvio Roiter:
High-Rise New York

On view for the NYU Community Only*

September 10, 2021 – May 27, 2022
Monday – Friday 10-6

Curated by
Victoria Noel-Johnson

In collaboration with

logo Fondazione Roiter

With the support of
Italian Cultural Institute of New York

Under the auspices of
Consulate General of Italy in New York

*At this time the exhibition is open only to members of the NYU community.
We will promptly communicate any change in this University policy.


From the Curator:

Organised to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the exhibition Fulvio Roiter: High-rise New York is a celebration of the city and people of New York. Consisting of 35 colour photographs taken over the course of 1984-1998 by the internationally-acclaimed Italian photographer Fulvio Roiter (Meolo 1926 – Venice 2016), they collectively capture such aforementioned traits and qualities with a sense of poignant immediacy and timeless elegance. They recall a New York that once was, its instantly recognisable skyline irreparably and arbitrarily altered by events that unfolded just a few years thereafter. Fulvio Roiter: High-rise New York is not, however, a nostalgic nod to that past. As New York begins to emerge from yet another life-changing event caused by the international pandemic of Covid-19 (2020-2021), Roiter’s intimate portrait of New York and its inhabitants stands as a stoic reminder of life after death, of light after darkness.

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About the artist:

Born in Meolo (in the province of Venice) in 1926, Fulvio Roiter obtained his diploma in chemistry, but began dedicating his time to photography in 1947, going professional in 1953, the year of his first of many photographic journeys around the world – that time in Sicily. His first book of photographs, the black-and-white volume Venise à fleur d’eau, was published in 1954. His book Umbria: Terra di San Francesco won the Nadar prize in 1956. Hailing from the Neorealist school of photography, Roiter developed and refined the “narrative strength and poetic eye” through his black-and-white photographs, adopting a format that was unusual for the time – the rectangle – in which he would place objects and characters from daily life in a context that put “the shapes of the composition” ahead of everything else. He obtained international success with his photographs of Venice, featured in the best-selling 1977 book Essere Venezia. It was after this that he abandoned the black-and-white medium for the use of color, one of many radical changes in his style and choice of subjects that occurred at that time. During his career, Roiter published over 70 books of photographs from his journeys all over the world. He died in Venice on April 18, 2016.

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