Books on Ibiza
Island out of Time
by Martin Davies
the success of Eivissa-Ibiza: a Hundred Years of Light and Shade
(2000), its author continued searching for exceptional photographs of Ibiza and
Formentera in half a dozen countries, and has located fifty more archives containing
first-class material. Important discoveries include the Berlin-based baron, Gustav
von Estorff, the original archive of German travel-writer Hans Helfritz, American
photojournalist couple Franc & Jean Shor, the Swiss photographer Henriette
Grindat, the Dutchman Dré Brenneker, long-time island residents Brian Pollard
and Robert Cairns, and two Spanish photographers, the Marqués de Santa
María del Villar and Josep Planells. The investigation of prints and negatives
went hand-in-hand with detailed research on texts. The book begins with two introductions,
the editor's being followed by Robert Cairn's specially commissioned 'The Lost
Lane-End'. Many captions have been amplified with the help of islanders old and
new, for whom the pictures invariably evoked powerful memories. A selection of
sixty literary extracts from novels, travel books and journals counterpoint the
strong visual element, elucidating subjects presented in the photographs. The
final section contains sixty-six biographical résumés, for which
information and portraits were gathered from photographers, friends and relatives,
books, journals and websites. All biographies and captions are in Catalan, Spanish
and English, while literary extracts are in the original language with Spanish,
Catalan and/or English translations as appropriate.
book contains several overlapping themes, but the principal subject is undoubtedly
Ibicenco culture, above all traditions, crafts and activities which have rarely
been captured on film. A second theme is the 1955-80 transition to an economy
based on tourism, a time during which the old and the new (beatniks/hippies) created
arresting juxtapositions. A third theme is the rich variety of Ibiza's cosmopolitan
community (or communities), seen both in photographs and biographical entries:
the photographers themselves represent thirteen different European and American
countries. A fourth theme is the beauty of Ibiza's landscapes and townscapes,
and here early colour photographs play a special role. The final theme, time,
is underlined by the book's subtitle, with its different nuances in each language.
Over the past half-century tourism, immigration, affluence and technology have
combined to alter many of the things which once set Ibiza apart. Island Out
of Time both celebrates what was unique about the island in the past, and
presents a plea for sustainability with regard to our common future.
Martin Davies, editor and writer,
was born in Liverpool in 1961 and spent much of his childhood in South America
and the South Seas. After studying history at Oxford University and librarianship
at Newcastle Polytechnic, he worked in the National Art Library (Victoria and
Albert Museum), where he wrote Romanesque Architecture: a Bibliography
(New York, 1993). In 1993 he moved to Ibiza, where he has worked for ten years
as an English teacher. His photographic anthology, Eivissa-Ibiza: a Hundred
Years of Light and Shade (2000) was edited and published with Philippe Derville,
and he is also the author of a study of the island's traditional architecture.
He has contributed articles to IbizaNOW, the Enciclopèdia d'Eivissa
i Formentera, Quadern del TEHP, The Mini Rough Guide to Ibiza &
Formentera (2001), Arquitectura y espacio rural en Ibiza (2002), and
the online cultural journal, The Electronic Liveibiza (www.liveibiza.com).
Together with Björn Lindholm he has translated Gerald Mulder's Literair
Ibiza (1989; English edition Dutch Writers and Painters in the Pityuses,
2002) and Leif Borthen's Veien til San Vicente (1967, English edition forthcoming,
The Road to San Vicente). The Barbary Press is his first solo foray into
the world of publishing.
though smaller than Menorca, plays at being a continent," observed a British
travel writer in 1911. This sequel to Eivissa-Ibiza: a Hundred Years of Light
and Shade shows the hidden corners of a Mediterranean microcosmos in which
man has lived in close communion with nature for millennia, and where customs
and folklore from the distant past have survived right up to the present. Since
the 1930s, Ibiza and Formentera have been known as a refuge for writers and artists,
but it is the photographers who have perhaps done most to record the archipelago's
unique beauty and charm. The present anthology celebrates the vision of seventy
such 'light-painters', enabling today's reader to roam again through the islands
that time forgot.
Barbary Press, Ibiza.
Dimensions: 372 pages, 280
full-page photographs (85 colour), map endpapers, 24 x 28 cm
/ Price: 84 609-4095-0 / 50 euro (cloth)
Catalan, Spanish and English throughout.
German, French and Italian.
Launched: Centro Cultural Can
Ventosa, Avenida Ignacio Wallis, 26 Ibiza Town, Wednesday 19th October 2005 at
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