Most of the buildings portrayed are called ‘modernist’

Organised by the Planning Authority, this photographic roadshow exhibition, titled Unsung Architectural Icons, features 30 important buildings and monuments, built in the late 19th and 20th century, that are protected by the regulator at Grade 1 or 2. They were captured by 10 members of the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers (MIPP).

Muscat Motors in Gż̇ira.
Muscat Motors in Gż̇ira. © Times of Malta


MIPP president Kevin Casha praised the initiative and also the decision to display the photos in popular outdoor venues rather than in a museum. “It takes the message to the public instead of the public having to go to a museum,” Mr Casha commented.

Asked about the difficulty of photographing architecture, he said it is crucial to find the exact time and the right weather to bring out the details, texture and what the architect had in mind when designing the building.

The exhibition runs at the Sliema promenade (next to The Chalet) until Wednesday. It will then move to St Paul’s Bay, where it will be set up in front of the Malta National Aquarium between July 22 and 31.

Between August 10 and 19, the display will be placed in front of the Marsaxlokk parish church and will end off in St George’s Square in Valletta between August 26 and September 4. The initiative is partially funded by the European Union.