Sarah Hadley

Lost Venice

Afterimage Gallery, one of the oldest photography galleries in the world, has begun a show of the Venice work of Sarah Hadley. Ms.  Hadley has had a special connection with Venice for most of her life. She spent her childhood living in a replica of a Venetian palace, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where her father was the director. For eighteen years, she was surrounded by paintings of the likes of Rembrandt, Titan, Whistler and Sargent. In these years, her family made frequent trips to Venice, and she ended up living there in her 20s.


These photographs were made over a four-year period from 2006-2009. They have a dreamy, surreal feel achieved using various lenses and Photoshop. She says, “I see a city clinging to a bygone era and splendor, and I see a Venetian way of life that is rapidly changing while its foundations are eroding.” Although the images are extraordinarily beautiful, to Ms. Hadley they reflect such events as the sudden death of her late father along with the “feelings of loss of my childhood home, and about the fragility and impermanence of all things.”


Lost Venice has been shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, the Loyola Museum of Art in Chicago, the Lishui Photo Festival in China, the Worldwide Photography Biennial in Buenos Aires and the Fotofever Art Fair in Paris. It has also been published in magazines and online blogzines. 


Ms. Hadley studied art history and photography at Georgetown University and at the Corcoran College of Art. Her work has been frequently exhibited, published and collected in the U.S. and abroad.

The show ends on January 29, 2019. For more information, please contact Ben Breard at 214.871.9140 or send him an email at Some images are below; 22 are in the show. View them all at


Gondola, 2007
Awnings, 2006
Night Vision, 2006
Ascension, 2007

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