Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory

An exhibition of 60 haunting photographs by photographer Stefano Benazzo of shipwrecks from locations around the globe.

More about this exhibition

Since 1969, photographer Stefano Benazzo has captured images of boats stranded on shores and shipwrecks across the world. Benazzo, a retired Ambassador of Italy and former diplomat at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., carried out his photographic project on four continents; his work brought him to the coastlines of Italy, Greece, Portugal, Iceland, Mauritania, Namibia, Turks & Caicos Islands, South Georgia, Chile and Falkland/Malvinas. His photographs record the tragic fates of these vessels and hint at the stories of the individuals who once sailed them. Through his work, Benazzo intends to preserve the memory of these shipwrecks and their sailors long after the vessels themselves are erased by the actions of waves and weather. This exhibition features 60 of Benazzo’s haunting photographs, exhibited for the first time in Connecticut.

Image credit: Stefano Benazzo – Samson, Stanley, Falkland Islands 2016