David Pisani’s photograph, Procession of Our Lady of Sorrows, Valletta, Malta, is exhibited in CHAPTER A – IL-MAM(M)A. Magnus, his photograph printed on t-shirt is exhibited in CHAPTER B – SAN PAWL MAGNUS and his photograph 138, Strait Street, Valletta is part of CHAPTER Ġ – SUBJECTS TO AVOID WHEN TALKING TO STRANGERS.
David Pisani (b. 1965) is a photographer and an exhibiting artist. He is mostly known for his architecture and urban reportage, although his most important work focuses on the human body, the erotic nature of places and things, sexuality, and death. He is the author of an extensive personal photographic essay on Valletta titled Vanishing Valletta, which in 2000 became part of the permanent collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and was published as a monograph in 2007. Pisani has also produced a photographic essay on Dubai entitled Future City, which was commissioned by the airline Emirates for its corporate art collection. His most recent work includes photographic essays on Cyprus and the city of Kyoto, Japan. Pisani is a fanatical darkroom printer with more than twenty-five years of experience in commercial and fine-art printing.
David Pisani, Procession of Our Lady of Sorrows, Valletta, Malta, 2007, selenium toned silver gelatin print, 35cm x 24cm. The feast of our Lady of Sorrows is held on the Friday before Good Friday and is very popular amongst the faithful, particularly in Valletta. In this black and white image, the large cross being carried in the background is upstaged by the photographer’s focus on the social context of the feast.
David Pisani, Magnus, 1999, photograph printed on T-shirt. Courtesy the artist. Commissioned to take a photograph of the saint’s statue in Valletta in 1999 (an image that was subsequently used over and over by the parishioners for various commercial and other purposes), Pisani here reinterprets the photograph as a T-shirt print.
David Pisani, 138, Strait Street, Valletta, 2000, from the collection “Vanishing Valletta”, selenium and gold toned chlorobromide silver gelatin print, 29 x 23.75cm.