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The Making of the Book & Film:
Rome Was!


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This 23 minute video by Randolph Langenbach recorded at the Book Launch events at the AIA East Bay Chapter, Oakland, California, and at the Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St., San Francisco on the 11th of July, 2019. 

The video describes the creative process of doing the images in the book, which are photographs taken of the same views that pre-photographic Artists, including Giambattista Piranesi, etched and painted of the ruins of Ancient Rome that remain standing today.  This project took advantage of the recent invention of digital photographic technology which enables the merging and layering of photographic images to document views which are sometimes as much as 180 degrees in width, without visual distortions found in more conventional panoramic views.

THANKS for the Book Launch events go to:

(1) Donald Wardlaw,AIA, for hosting the American Institute of Architects Small Firm Forum at which I gave my presentation at noon on the 11th of July, 2019.

(2) Zach Stewart, Architect proprietor of the Canessa Gallery who kindly invited me to hang the show of framed prints of Rome that appear in both the book and film for the month of July 2019, and whom hosted this same Book Launch presentation at his Gallery in the evening of the same day.  (The voice recording is from the noon A.I.A. event.


(3) Joel Garzoli, whom hosted an exhibition in 2014 of selected framed archival prints of the mosaic photographs from the Film, and now also the Book, at his distinguished gallery, the Joel Garzoli Fine Art Gallery, at 706 Sansome Street, San Francisco.  The recognition from this exhibition helped lead to the creation of the book and the online publication of the film, and new exhibition is scheduled to take place there later in 2019 at his gallery at a date to be arranged.


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