Lisboa, Cidade Triste e Alegre

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Pierre von Kleist, 2015. Second facsimile edition of 1,000 copies.
Hardcover with dust jacket, 225 x 297 mm, 175 pp. , b/w illustrated throughout.
Photographs by Victor Palla, Costa Martins. Text by Gerry Badger, Rodrigues Migueis, Alexadre O’Neill, Armindo Rodrigues, David Mourão-Ferreira, Eugénio de Andrade, Jorge de Sena, José Gomes Ferreira.

Featured in The Photobook: A History Volume I

Of the many postwar photobooks on European citites, this is one of the best, and its neglect at the time it was published is regrettable. Made by Victor Palla and Costa Martins, both architects, Lisboa is amongst the most complex of modern photobooks in form and content. It took three years to prepare, the authors taking over 6000 photographs. Uniquely for this period, it was initially issued as a partwork, in seven monthly fascicles. Lisboa is particularly notable for using many of the book-making ideas developed by William Klein, and Dutch Photographers like Ed van der Elsken and Joan van der Keuken, and has a vibrant, cinematic feel...an all-singing, all-dancing Euro photobook, a compendium of every design idea rolled into one...the photographs of Palla and Martins are graphic and exuberant...Both as a photographic bookwork, and as a document of city life, it is considerably more than the sum of its parts.


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