Publisher: Self published
Size: 18 x 24 cm (approx.)
Softcover, design by Francesco Saverio Colella.
Despite the spread of smartphones and digital cameras, in the main Albanian cities an older generation of photographers continues to practice the so-called Foto Çasti - snapshot.
Equiped with bags and cameras, Foto Casti proudly show their equipment and 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) digitals ones, are only friezes to become immediately recognizable by potential customers.
After the shoot, photographers run in the nearest lab and after about 10 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 time (or as often happened during their search, by the health condition of the photographers themselves).
The Foto Çasti have documented, for many decades, with their images, 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.