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The Carnival of Venice

Photographer John Vink captures the city of Venice during Carnival in 1982

John Vink

John Vink Carnival. Venice, Italy. 14th February, 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink During carnival. Venice, Italy. 18th February, 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Carnival, with the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, in the Bacino di San Marco, in the background. Venice, Italy. 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Carnival. Venice, Italy. 18th February, 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Carnival, "Piazza San Marco", San Marco square, Venice, Italy. 18th February, 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink During the Carnival. Venice, Italy. 20th February, 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink During the Carnival. Venice, Italy. 22nd February, 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Fake Blues Brothers at Carnival. Venice, Italy. 23rd February, 1982. © John Vink | Magnum Photos

Held every year during the two weeks leading up to the beginning of Lent, the Carnival of Venice is a historic event that began in the 11h century as a series of dances in St Mark’s Square. Outlawed entirely at the end of the eighteenth century, the festival was revived in 1979 and has since become a world-renowned event attended by over three million people. Photographer John Vink visited the city in 1982 producing a series of images that capture the festivities and the Venetian masks, worn by participants, which have made the Carnival so famous.