About Vanishing Valletta

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.

All the photographs in this collection are fine art silver gelatin printed from the original negatives by the photographer.

In 2019 the Vanishing Valletta collection, including all the original negatives and vintage prints will be archived in France.

The Exhibition

An exhibition which brought together for the first time the entire Vanishing Valletta Collection.

Between the 21st December 2018  and the 27th January 2019, Spazju Kreattiv hosted at the upper galleries of St. James Cavalier, a monumental exhibition that shows for the first time ever the entire collection of 192 original photographs.

The exhibition formed part of the official program 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 Europan Capitals of Culture with a representative exhibition in Pafos in 2017 and the Vanishing Valletta exhibition in Malta in 2018.

The exhibition was further enhanced by the launch of a prestigious publication that features and documents for posterity the Vanishing Valletta Collection.

Writing, Marketing & PR  | Greta Muscat Azzopardi 
Exhibition set-up assistance  | Johannes Buch

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