Working mainly on human stories and social issues I am interested in the way people live, the values they hail and their reaction to what life has thrown at them. It is often people at the margins of society; those who struggle, those who have dropped out and those behind the scenes who I seek through the lens.
Photography provided the catalyst with which I began to move in unfamiliar and challenging environments, explore worlds which are foreign to mine and continously push me to rethink my personal values.
The rush to get my image, the work to get it published, publication and the public's reactions that extra stimulus to push further my photography.
Gilbert Calleja (b.1978) became involved with photography after studying art. He graduated in drawing and painting from the Malta School of Arts, holds a BA (Hons) Art from the University of Malta and a "Licence" and Maitrise d'Arts Plastiques' (Fine Arts) from the University of Paris, Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne.
He has worked and collaborated with numerous institutions and NGOs and also worked for a couple of years with Media Today Ltd (Malta). His works were featyured in a number oof local and foreign magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek Russia, the Guardian and Ottar magazine (Swedish Publication).
He currently lectures in Fine Arts at the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology.
Gilbert Calleja seeks to capture each fighter’s tension in those few lonely minutes between months of hard training and the ring.