Francesco Saverio Colella, Milo MONTELLI (Book Design)

Foto Casti - ONLY AS BACKLIST ORDER!


€ 32,00
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"Despite the spread of smartphones and digital cameras, in the main Albanian cities an older generation of photographers continues to take snapshot, so-called Foto Çasti. The term “Foto Çasti” also defines a common photographer’s profile. Proudly showing their equipment, Foto Çasti walk along the main tourist areas, offering visitors a souvenir photo, sometimes a signed one if requested. Photographers establish the location, the arrangement of subjects and poses to be taken, leaving nothing to chance. Over the years, the tools are changed, and film cameras, replaced by more modern (but already dated) digital ones, are only friezes to become immediately recognizable by potential customers. After the shoot, photographers run in the nearest lab and after about ten minutes they deliver their photograph. This activity was widespread in the past, so as to be able to meet in cities such as Tirana or Durres dozens of Foto Çasti but today their presence is sporadic and influenced by the flow of tourists or weather (or as often happened during their search, by the health condition of the photographers themselves). For many decades the Foto Çasti have documented the sunday walks, the birthdays and the various celebrations of Albanian families, producing for many of these the only family memories during the years of the regime.

Today they are the last witnesses of a photography appointed to disappear." (publisher's note)

Wie bereits andere Titel des kleinen italienischen Verlags gezeigt haben, kommen die Bücher meistens sehr unscheinbar daher, haben es jedoch in sich: formal und inhaltlich.
Beginnen wir mit dem Design: das scheinbar im Softcover-Format mit Schutzumschlag hergestellte Buch entpuppt sich als im Schweizer Format (open spine) gebundenes Büchlein, dessen Umschlag zu einem großen Poster auseinander gefaltet werden kann.
Die Bilder zeigen Portraits von Fotografen. Fotografen, die auch im Zeitalter der Smartphones in den Städte Albaniens zu finden sind und dort Familienschnappschüsse machen, die sie verkaufen. Die sogenannten 'Foto Casti' sind aber nicht nur Relikte einer anderen Zeit, sondern auch fotografisches Gedächtnis einer Zeit, als das Regime Fotografieren verbot, aber den Foto Casti ihre Tätigkeit erlaubte. So wären viele Familienschnappschüsse auf Albaniens Straßen ohne die Foto Casti nie entstanden.... das Buch setzt ihnen ein Denkmal!