(Oneglia 1892 – Venice 1968)
Born into an ancient family from Tirolo, in 1914 in Milan he graduated in Agrarian Sciences and began working as a chemist. He started taking pictures at a very young age, experimenting various techniques like bromoil and gum bichromate. In 1920, he chose to try more modern photography techniques. In 1930, he was one of the founding members of the Circolo Fotografico Milanese and in 1947, he was among the “La Bussola” group, one of the most prestigious collectives of photo enthusiasts in Italy after the war. A versatile figure, Leiss photographed still lifes, portraits, and landscapes. He was above all fascinated by the night views of a dreamy, fairly-tale-like Venice. If we leave aside some photos that explore composition, his work was above all devoted to Venice: in 1953, a vast collection of his work was published in the book Immagini di Venezia.