In 2014, while working on The Other Side—and inevitably by just walking the streets of Venice—I realized that every so often, sometimes within a few meters from one another, I’d see a church. I photographed a few that year, but it was only when I was back in New York and reviewed the material, that I saw it as a potential project. When I decided to truly develop the idea, I thought I’d focus on the churches in Venice, perhaps just those that faced the Grand Canal. The nature of The Other Side took me to more distant areas in the Venetian lagoon and I couldn’t stop myself from photographing each local church I encountered. By the time 2019 came around, I knew that the magic number was 100. I can honestly say that sometimes the challenge of photographing certain churches felt overwhelming—if you’ve been to Venice you know how narrow certain areas can be and how uneven the ground usually is. But now, in retrospect, I remember these obstacles fondly. I would have preferred to always produce a uniform, architectural and straight view of the facades but that was not always possible. The disclaimer here would be simple: if you see a leaning tower or a crooked facade, if you see a side view instead of a traditional composition, it might not always be an error in framing judgement or poor camera alignment but, most likely, how the building actually stands or the only option I had. A not-much-smaller challenge was to edit down the photographs to only 100. I went with those that resonated the most with me from each Sestiere (neighborhood) and left dozens more in my archive, patiently waiting for their opportunity to be seen in print. -A.M.