Edited by Carmel Borg and Raphael Vella
Books in English, Photographic Essays, Flora and Fauna, Ornithology, Social History, Ethno-ornithology
260mm x 215mm
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When we set ourselves the task of conceiving the parameters of this book, we were faced by a series of challenges that were often linked to the question of identity. We knew from the start that we wanted the book to display and explore many different facets of Maltese society, but we also wanted to avoid predictable generalisations about a Maltese identity
The sheer number of contributors in this book is one way of coming to terms with these issues. Numbers are not intended to suggest that the scope of our study of contemporary life in Malta is all-inclusive; rather, the complexities as well as the contradictions evident in the different images of public and private spheres are intended to problematise static definitions of Maltese society.
Blending texts written by Maltese and international sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers and other scholars and social scientists with short stories by literary authors also bears witness to our belief that photographic images can be read and appreciated in different ways.
Many of the photographs we chose for this publication would generally fall under the general category of documentary photography. This genre of photography clearly plays a central role in much of modern and contemporary life, in journalism and even in contemporary art. It can capture the intimacy of candid, mundane activities but more typically focuses on the politics of public space.
Excerpts from the Introduction of the book by the editors Raphael Vella and Carmel Borg