Portals of Valletta


Priced at 65 euro; deluxe edition in a slipcase for €80. For more details 9993 2592 / info@kitegroup.com.mt

‘Portals of Valletta’ seeks to analyse and dissect the special contribution that doors and portals have had in the formation of the city’s architecture. The raison d’être of this photographic study is that through an intensive focus on that unique architectural element of doors one can appreciate the aesthetic diversity and better understand the dynamics of socio-cultural and political forces that have formed the city over time. This book celebrates the diversity of portals and doors in Valletta.

‘Portals of Valletta’ presents a representative selection of doors and portals within their urban and social context, ranging from the monumental portals of Baroque churches and palaces, to the exquisitely-crafted doorways of townhouses and apartment blocks to the mundane doors of the most humble dwellings in the city’s poorer neighbourhoods, as exemplified in the graffiti-splattered and rust-ridden metal doors of some kerrejja at the lower-end of the city. The door becomes an architectural metaphor for social and community diversity.



Hardbound + Jacket
325 mm x 240 mm
264 pages

Publication date: November 2017


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KITE ARTS – Portals of Valletta – Exclusive Monochrome Prints

A few words about the book from two visionaries:

“…. the doorways of Valletta in the pages of this book are a testament of Azzopardi’s ever discerning clinical eye and his magician’s imagery.  In photography, it is not the equipment utilized, but the eye behind the lens that matters and his is an all seeing eye.  My own penchant for black and white photography soon enamoured me with his mantled draperies of black and white, with each page revealing lyrical visions of sheer poetry.  Only a seer of Azzopardi’s stature could produce idyllic images of this standard.  As architect and artist, may I tell you Charles Paul that you have my highest esteem for your elegiac image-making.”

– Professor Richard England – Malta’s pre-eminent architect, writer, poet & photographer

“… the photography is superb from all aspects, especially your choice to use solely black & white images. Dr. Azzopardi has, I feel, earned his place among Malta’s leading photographers”.

– Ian Ellis – owner and curator of Malta’s richest photographic archive, the Richard Ellis collection.