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BOOK LAUNCH OF "LISBOA, CIDADE TRISTE E ALEGRE” (“LISBON, SAD AND JOYFUL CITY" BY VICTOR PALLA AND COSTA MARTINS
17 DEC 2015
With the special presence of Teresa Siza and Álvaro Domingues and the editors José Pedro Cortes and André Príncipe.

"Lisboa, Cidade Triste e Alegre" by Victor Palla and Costa Martins, is the most important Portuguese photobook, published for the first time in 1959 in seven subscribed instalments. In 2009, Pierre von Kleist editions republished the book, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original publication. After the huge national and international success of this new edition, the book is once again available. This new edition is identical to the original edition, even including a supplement with a new introduction by the English critic Gerry Badger.
The presentation of the book will be primarily focused on the context of architecture, and the Architecture School of Porto in particular, where both authors studied.
The presentation table will include Teresa Siza and Álvaro Domingues, together with the publishers, José Pedro Cortes and André Príncipe.

10% discount on launch day.

Synopsis
'Lisboa, Cidade Triste e Alegre' by the architects-photographers, Victor Palla (1922-2006) and Costa Martins (1922-1996), originally published in 1959 in seven subscribed instalments, is a visual symphony of Lisbon of the 1950s, showing the city in its various aspects.
The book includes around 200 photographs, which the authors have paginated in close relationship with excerpts of poetry by Fernando Pessoa (and Alvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis), António Botto, Almada Negreiros, Camilo Pessanha, Mário de Sá Álvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis), António Botto, Almada Negreiros, Camilo Pessanha, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Alberto de Serpa, Cesário Verde, Gil Vicente, and previously unpublished texts by Eugénio de Andrade, David Mourão-Ferreira, Alexandre O'Neill, Jorge de Sena,, among other figures from the Portuguese literary scene of the period, and also an opening text by José Rodrigues Miguéis.
"This book took three years to prepare. The task embraced by the authors led to the production of about six thousand photographs, in a loving tribute to the city where they were both born and now live. From these six thousand photos about two hundred were chosen to be included in this work. Undoubtedly there are beautiful photographs of Lisbon, including both picturesque shots and images of the capital’s monuments. But this album is different:.. it’s not a simple inventory or documentary reportage and is far from being a collection of isolated "beautiful" evidence. The photographs included in the volume, which are as far as one can imagine from "salon" photography, are above all a portrait of the human dimension of Lisbon, as seen via its inhabitants - day, night, in their neighbourhoods, in the Baixa zone, in the River Tagus - a revelation that is sometimes joyful, sometimes sad, but always a tender and heartfelt glimpse of the life of a city. "

Victor Palla and Costa Martins
This is a graphically exuberant book. The half-size pages, the double pages with a margin, the booklets, the photos with silk-screen printed colours create a kaleidoscope of impressions that blend with the hustle and bustle of the citizens’ own experiences. It is a book made like a film, in motion. For the first time the photographs were taken in order to serve the book. They are fluid and fast, valuing the rawness of spontaneous experience rather than attempting to produce studied and technically perfect images. The images portray an ordinary Lisbon, primarily proletarian, and even slovenly, that Salazar’s government wanted to ignore.
The book represented the birth of truly modernist Portuguese photography.
After the first edition, the book was almost forgotten until 1982, when António Sena brought it back into the limelight in the exhibition,  "Lisboa e Tejo e Tudo” (Lisbon and the Tagus and Everything) in the Galeria Ether. At that time, he combined many of the issues that hadn't yet been bound and made about 200 copies. The book’s international reputation came later, associated to its inclusion in "The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1 ", by Gerry Badger and Martin Parr, who described it as follows: "Lisbon - Sad and Joyful City is particularly notable due to its use of graphic ideas developed by photographers such as William Klein and Ed van der Elsken, thus creating a vibrant book, with a cinematic sequence. "
Pierre von Kleist editions is a Portuguese publisher of photography books, founded by André Príncipe and José Pedro Cortes, which has published 20 books.

Teresa Siza (Matosinhos, 1948) is a historian and photographer, with a BA Hons degree in Philosophy. She was the director of the Higher Education course in Photography of the Cooperativa Árvore, and between 1997 and 2007 was the director and creator of the Portuguese Photography Centre, installed in Porto Appeals Court.

Álvaro Domingues (Melgaço, 1959) is a geographer, with a PhD in Human Geography from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto in 1994. Since 1999 he has worked as a lecturer in the integrated master's and doctoral programme. He is also a member of the Scientific Council. As a researcher at the Architectural Studies and Urbanism Centre of FAUP, he has developed a regular activity of research and publication on projects with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia (Science and Technology Foundation), the CCDR-N, CCDR-C, with the Xunta of Galicia, with the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Coruña, with the Erasmus University of Rotterdam-EURICUR with the Club Ville Aménagement - Paris; with the CCCB,
Barcelona, with the Technically University of Barcelona-Architecture, with the University of Granada - Planning and Urbanism, with the Federal University of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, with the Universities of Minho and Coimbra, with the municipalities of Guimarães and Porto, with the Portuguese Architects Association, with the Serralves Foundation and the Fundação da Juventude (Youth Foundation), among others. At CEAU-FAUP his activity focuses on Human Geography, Landscape, Urban Planning and Urban Policy, both in terms of research, and external consultancy and training.

André Príncipe (Porto, 1976) is a photographer, filmmaker and editor. He has published six books. His last feature film, "Flamingos field without flamingos" was released commercially in 2014. He has staged recent exhibitions at the Galician Center for Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela, in the Visual Arts Centre in Coimbra, at Le Bal in Paris and the Pedro Alfacinha gallery in Lisbon. His next book "You're living for nothing now, I hope you’re keeping some kind of record" will be published in 2016.

José Pedro Cortes (Porto, 1976) began his studies in the fields of photography and film in Porto. After a number of years travelling and working as a commercial photographer, he completed a master's degree in photography from the Kent Institute of Art & Design (UK) in 2004.
In 2006, after living three years in London, he returned to Lisbon to participate in the artistic creation programme of the Gulbenkian Foundation, in photography. Since 2004, he has regularly presented his work in solo and group exhibitions. From early in his career, Cortes has focused publishing and has published the books, "Silence" (2005), "Things Here and Things Still to Come" (2011), Costa (2013) and most recently, "One's Own Arena "(2015). He is co-founder and editor of the publisher Pierre von Kleist, which to date has published 21 photography books. His work is represented in many public and private collections.

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