Alex Attard, whose extensive portfolio reveals a decades-long exploration of art, architecture and performance photography, launched his latest book this week – a hard-back collectible containing a detailed documentation of Malta’s rugged and spectacular coastline.
‘Exposure – Fragmented Sculptures of an Island Coast’ is a captivating collection of black and white images highlighting beauty in impermanence and the might of mother nature.
The result of an eight-year long photographic journey, Alex was driven by the curiosity to record that often-overlooked frontier “where land meets sea” as well as the “beauty of the coastline of the Maltese Islands”.
The book, published by KITE Group, includes contributions by artist, curator and academic Prof. Vince Briffa, architect and architectural historian Prof. Conrad Thake, and President of the Malta Chamber of Geologists, Dr Peter Gatt.
“Alex Attard’s coastline series excretes a silent stoicness that is evoked by a profound connection to the primaeval quality of the yet unspoilt landscape which harkens back to the Earth’s enigmatic origins,” Prof. Briffa writes of the book.
Exposure follows the photographer’s earlier publication, ‘Parallel Existences – The Notarial Archives: A Photographer’s Inspiration’, which was described by former Judge Giovanni Bonello as “ground-breaking work” in its portrayal of ‘fragments’ of documents found at the Notarial Archives in Valletta, captured in a way that blurs the lines between photography, art and history.
Photography: Alex Attard