In 1982 artist photographer David Pisani embarked on a personal project to document the city of Valletta and the surrounding harbour area with an emphasis on the socially deprived periphery of Valletta and the infamous red light district of Strait Street which he regularly frequented. What started as a photo essay of the derelict buildings of the city and the dwindling activity in Strait Street would evolve into an epic documentation of Valletta spanning 29 years.
The collection consists of 192 images selected from thousands of negatives and was in part first exhibited in the Biennale of Photography in Paris (Mois de la Photo) in 1996 under the title La Valette et le Grand Port – Portrait d’une Capitale Maritime. In June 2000 the Bibliothèque Nationale de France acquired a selection of original prints for its permanent collections.
The complete collection has been reproduced in a prestigious publication that will feature and document for posterity the Vanishing Valletta Collection. The large format coffee-table book (size 33 x 32 cm) is of the usual high quality one has become accustomed to from Miranda.
The hard back publication with 228 pages is printed in duotone on 170grm paper with a laminated jacket printed in black and silver laminate as is the slipcase housing the book.
A monumental exhibition that shows for the first time ever the entire collection of 192 original photographs is being housed at the upper galleries of St. James Cavalier, and is open between the 21st December and the 27th January 2019. The exhibition forms part of the official programme of Valletta 2018 and is also endorsed by the Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture as a joint partner under the project entitled “A Tale of Two Cities”. Artist Photographer David Pisani was selected to link the two European Capitals of Culture with a representative exhibition in Pafos in 2017 and the Vanishing Valletta exhibition in Malta in 2018.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY David Pisani
TEXT IN ENGLISH – PUBLISHED November 2018
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|Dimensions||approx. 33 cm height x 32 cm width x 10cm depth|
|Number of Pages||228 pages|