For SIPA founder & art director Luca Venturi, Siena’s ancient Palio horse race is much more than just an opportunity to make electrifying images. As a native of Siena and a resident of the “Dragon” contrada or district (2018’s winning contrada), this ancient tradition in his blood.
Over the past several years, Venturi’s documentation of Palio di Siena has received international acclaim, with a gallery of his work featured in National Geographic and an exhibition in London this year.
In a profile for EOS Magazine, Venturi describes his unique connection to the event that has been held in Siena’s Piazza del Campo for hundreds of years. Il Palio will soon take place again on July 2 and August 16 in honor of the religious holidays, the Visitation and the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, Siena’s Patron Protector:
“I was born in the city of Siena, where I still live. The Palio is an event that only people who were born and have lived in this Tuscan city can fully understand. For this reason, and thanks to my knowledge of the city and the format of the festival, I was able to reach places usually impenetrable to tourists and photographers, to capture the scene from unusual viewpoints. My photo story transmits the emotion, the pathos and the atmosphere of the celebration.”
Those attending this year’s Siena Awards Festival should note that a special guided tour will take place October 27 to share the excitement and mystery of Palio di Siena with lucky festival goers. Learn more and register here: https://festival.sienawards.com/en/siena-palio/