Photography in Malta – The History and the Protagonists
by Kevin Casha
“This study is a serious attempt to document the history of photography in Malta. It is a continuous work in progress on which I hope others will build upon. My wish is that it will serve both as an inspiration as well as a reference for future scholars and researchers of photography. I strongly hope that this book makes the fascinating story of Maltese photography and its photographers better known and appreciated not only by the Maltese but also by a global public.”
Over the last two decades, photography has increased its popularity in an exponential manner. The advent of digital technology has enabled people from all over the world to be able to engage themselves with this medium. This has had a noticeable influence on the way photography is being looked at in our time. The medium has become an ingrained part of our everyday life and, with the ease of current advances in media technology, the sharing and proliferation of images has not only boomed but has created an increasing thirst for knowledge in all spheres of art and research in this fascinating art form.
This book aims at filling a glaring gap, not only in local circles but also in international photography, by delving in depth on the history of photography of Malta and its photographers. Photography arrived in Malta in 1842, approximately just two years after its introduction on mainland Europe. Unfortunately most of its exponents have been neglected or even forgotten. Through in-depth research and over 500 predominantly unpublished images, this book attempts to trace the origins of photography on our island as well as the fascinating stories of many of Malta’s photographic protagonists. From the first French photographers who introduced photography to island, moving onto the many British exponents and covering early pioneer Maltese photographers, this publication takes the reader all the way up to the introduction of Digital technology.
Photography in Malta – Its History and Protagonists, is not only a treasure trove of vintage photographs but a much needed reference in the field of local photography.
The Chapter Contents include:
Foreword by Dr. Giovanni Bonello
Chapter 1: The Initial Spark – The French Connection
Chapter 2: The British Invasion
Chapter 3: War and Technology
Chapter 4: The Appearance of the first Maltese Photographers
Chapter 5: The Ellis Photographers
Chapter 6: The Proliferation of Photography in Malta
Chapter 7: Photography moves gradually towards art.
Chapter 8: The Struggle of Maltese Photography in Peace time
Chapter 9: Other early photographers of note associated with Malta.
Chapter 10: The influence of other significant protagonists up to the end of the twentieth-century.
Chapter 11: Photographic Groups, Associations and education in Malta.
Chapter 12: Digital – The Game changer
Chapter 13: Conclusion
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