Thousand People of Genoa

Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) with the generous support of Columbus City Council, will be hosting Emanuele Timothy Costa, a photographer from the Columbus sister city of Genoa, from March 25 - April 9. He is most known for his exhibit called Thousand People of Genoa, which is a collection of portraits that represents the culture of his hometown of Genoa. Timothy will be recreating this famous work with new subjects, the faces of individuals from throughout central Ohio, in a new exhibit, Thousand People of Columbus.

The idea for this project began when Timothy was working as a young photographer. While telling the stories of his community, he grew increasingly passionate about photography and realized his city can be best represented by the grace and humanity of its people, thus inspiring him to create the #ThousandPeople project. His inspiration is simple: he believes that one can learn someone’s story by simply looking into their eyes. That seeing a familiar face creates a sense of connection, belonging and understanding, regardless of how different another may appear. That each wrinkle has its own story and the viewer decides how to embrace the charm, mystery and passion that a person represents.

While in Columbus, Timothy will begin a new chapter of the Thousand People project. In addition to displaying his current collection throughout various venues around Columbus, he will begin the Thousand People of Columbus exhibit. He will be taking photographs of the people in the Greater Columbus region! The photos in this collection will be displayed in an exhibit in Columbus’ sister city of Genoa, Italy, in 2019.

What makes Timothy’s photos unique is his self-developed lighting technology. His equipment, Elettra4T, consists of a system of lights built on a structure which was designed to create a unique level of light exposure. This system brings about a new era in photography because it adds an extra dimension of shadows and highlights that capture the subjects most intimate details.  

The Thousand People of Genoa photo exhibit will be displayed at the Cultural Arts Center, John Glenn International Airport, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

“We are thrilled to host the Genoa artist Timothy Costa and present his beautiful Thousand People of Genoa exhibit,” said Tim Sword, President of GCSCI. “While in Columbus he will capture the character of our city by photographing a thousand of our faces. We encourage local residents to participant in the Thousand Faces project by attending one of the many opportunities around Columbus to meet and sit for a portrait and to add your story to this exciting exchange.”

For more information about how you can get involved in this program, contact Sameen Dadfar at

Our Sister Cities

Columbus has ten sister cities throughout the globe:
Accra, Ghana

Ahmedabad, India

Curitiba, Brazil

Dresden, Germany

Hefei, China

Herzliya, Israel

Genoa, Italy

Odense, Denmark

Seville, Spain

Tainan City, Taiwan


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