Lisboa. Cidade Triste e Alegre. Photographs by Victor Palla and Costa Martins. Texts by Rodrigues Miguéris; poems by Alexandre O'Neill, Armindo Rodriques, David Mourao-Fèrrriera, Eugénio de Andrade, Jorge de Sena and José Gomes Fèrriera. Círculo do Livro Lda., 1959. 174 pp. Quarto. Hardbound in dust jacket. 152 black and white photographs, some folding, on part-leaves, or on yellow stock.
"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"--Parr and Badger
IMAGES FROM THE 2009 RE-ISSUE OF LISBOA (Pierre von Kleist Editions)
Very presentable copy of an extremely fragile book: Near Fine-/Near Fine-; nice tight binding, just a bit off-set; trace of foxing; bump to base of spine; in (fragile) original dust jacket w/archival restoration; shelf-wear and creasing to front panel.