Lisboa, Cidade Triste e Alegre
Victor Palla e Costa Martins
175 pages / b&w
27.9 x 22.5 cm
Pierre von Kleist, 2009
‘Lisboa, Cidade Triste e Alegre’ is a simphony about Lisbon of the fifties, showing the city in its different aspects.
This new edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original one from 1959.
It also includes a supplement with a new introduction by Gerry Badger and a full transcription into english of the book’s index, where the authors explain in detail the making of each image.
The photos are very modern, grainy, taken in a fast way, choosing spontaneity and instinct to artifact and composition. According to Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, who included this book in “The Photobook: A History, vol.1”: ‘Lisboa is particularly notable forusing 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 feeling’.
Long out of print, this newedition follows exactly the first edition, including text and poems by Rodrigues Migueis, Alexadre O’Neill, Armindo Rodrigues, David Mourão-Ferreira, Eugénio de Andrade, Jorge de Sena and José Gomes Ferreira. And a newbooklet with an introduction by Gerry Badger.