The Darrin Zammit Lupi photojournalism archive comprises three bodies of documentary work comprising 60 color photographs and 9101 digital files of low-resolution and full-resolution images and some videos, as well as supporting journalistic documents and data, also in file format.
The "Malta Detention" project consists of color photographs taken by Zammit Lupi from 2004-2013 of African migrants and asylum seekers in Malta detention camps. In these camps, the migrants faced many months in limbo, waiting for the outcome of their journey and holding protests about their treatment. This series includes 20 color inkjet prints and over 1800 digital files containing low-resolution images, contact sheets, and a group of news articles.
The "On Board the MV Aquarius" project comprises 20 color inkjet photographs and over 4000 digital image files, documents, data, videos, news stories, and interviews compiled by Zammit Lupi in December 2017 while on board the Aquarius, a migrant search and rescue ship operated by the non-profit organizations SOS Méditerranée and Médecins sans frontières. While there, he documented the rescue of 320 migrants on boats in the Mediterranean Sea, and their safe arrival in Pozzallo, Sicily.
The third project, "Journeys of Hope – Refugees in Balkans," consists of 20 color photographs and over 5000 digital image files, documents, and news articles compiled by Zammit Lupi in 2016 while documenting migrants and refugees in Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia.
The born-digital resources related to these three projects include over 9000 image files, primarily in tiff, jpeg, and png formats. These include contact sheets and low-resolution files, as well as full color tiffs from which images were chosen for printing the 60 color inkjet photographs in the collection. All prints measure 20x24 inches.
Tiff images from these projects are available through links in this collection guide. All other electronic files must be requested in advance and are accessible only onsite in the Rubenstein Library reading room.
All image titles, captions, and other descriptions have been taken from the originals.
Darrin Zammit Lupi was born in Malta in 1968. He started his photography career with The Malta Independent in 1992, but decided to turn freelance shortly afterwards. He has documented conditions in Albania and the former Yugoslavia, the South-East Asia tsunami tragedy, the refugee crisis during the war in Kosovo, the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, and the war in Libya.
He has won the Malta Journalism Awards for Press Photography seven times and the Sport Photography award three times, as well as a special award for Creativity in Photojournalism. The Societies for Photographers in the UK named him Overall Photographer of the Year for 2016, Media Photographer of the Year for 2013, Documentary Photographer of the Year for 2014, and Street Photographer of the Year for 2016.
His work for Reuters has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and online worldwide. He holds a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts, London.
In late 2014, he published his book Isle Landers, covering a decade's work on irregular immigration and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean. Work from that collection has been exhibited in Malta, France, Luxembourg, and Australia.
Some of his works form part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Malta, private collections in other countries, and the Human Rights Archive at Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Source: adapted from photographer's website, accessed Nov. 15, 2019.