Watch: Maltese life in the 1950s and 1960s through the lens of Guido Stilon

An exhibition of previously unseen work by Maltese photographer Guido Stilon (1932 – 1975) is currently being held at the Malta Postal Museum & Arts Hub in Valletta.

The curator is Letta Shtohryn, while the artistic directer is Andrew Alamango.

Stilon captured Maltese life in the 1950s and 1960s through street photography and scenes of urban, industrial and agricultural labour, as well as outdoor portraiture of friends and family.

Miguela Xuereb

Despite his brilliant eye for character and detail and an extraordinary ability to be in places and moments that matter, little is known about his practice and his name is not included in the canon of Maltese photography, despite having enjoyed some success abroad and a close association with the Ellis family of photographers.

In 2018, Magna Żmien were approached to preserve his collection of tens of thousands of negatives and thousands more colour slides, which had remained unseen since his death in 1975.

Miguela Xuereb

A Magna Żmien digitisation session will take place on Saturday 7th March from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

More information may be obtained from the event’s Facebook page.

Photos: Miguela Xuereb