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Lisboa.
Cidade Triste e Alegre.

By Victor Palla and Costa Martins.
Pierre von Kleist Editions, 2009. 175 pp., 152 black & white illustrations, 10¾x8¾".

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Publisher's Description
Pierre von Kleist is pleased to announce the publishing of the new edition of 'Lisboa, cidade Triste e Alegre,' the book done by Victor Palla and Costa Martins in 1959. This new edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original one. 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.

'Lisboa, Cidade Triste e Alegre' is a symphony about Lisbon of the fifties, showing the city in its different aspects. 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 their The Photobook: A History, vol. 1, '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 feeling.'

Long out of print, this new edition will be done exactly as the first edition.


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