Dom Mintoff

Dear All,

On August 25th 2012 Malta paid the last respects to a giant of local political scene – Dom Mintoff – who passed away at the age of 96. His impact on modern Malta cannot be denied. If you are interested in learning more, visit this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_Mintoff

On the day of the state funeral, I have teamed with a fellow photographer Raisa Tarasova to document the moment. We have decided to follow the entre ceremony from all possible angles, so if the end we would re-create the event with the photos.

It took us 9 hours in the scotching sun and then three additional days to edit the set of 55 photos (we took much more but those are the best shots that document the day).

We have given each photo a caption and organized them in a chronological order. We have tried to show not only the route of the funeral procession but also the emotions in the crowd, the somber atmosphere and dedication of the people.

 

Please click on the photo to see a larger version:

Observers gather outside the Presidential Palace in Valletta, Malta to bid farewell to former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

People queue at the Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Security at the Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Guard at the coffin of Dom Mintoff. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Dom Mintoff`s body is exhibited at the Presidential Palace in Valletta. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Condolences book. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Condolences books are being signed. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Condolences books are being signed. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz

Condolences books are being signed. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Family members begin to arrive at Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Family members begin to arrive at Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Family members at Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova

Family members at Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Family members at Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Military vehicle used as a cortege. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Military vehicle used as a cortege. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Guards outside Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Funeral procession leaves Presidential Palace in direction of St John Co-Cathedral. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Funeral procession leaves Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Dom Mintoff`s brother Dionysus leaves Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Crowd watches honorary guard outside Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Member of a brass band pays tribute to the late Prime Minister. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Dom Mintoff`s coffin is carried out of Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Dom Mintoff`s coffin leaves Presidential Palace in direction of St John Co-Cathedral. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Dom Mintoff`s coffin leaves Presidential Palace. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Dom Mintoff`s coffin being loaded onto the cortege. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Woman cries as Dom Mintoff`s coffin is carried out. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Emotions are strong in the crowd as Dom Mintoff`s coffin leaves Presidential Palace. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Woman cries as Dom Mintoff`s coffin is carried out. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Emotional scenes among the crowd. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Crowd erupts in praise of late Prime Minister while his coffin moves through the streets of capital. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Coffin en route to Co-Cathedral. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Coffin en route to Co-Cathedral. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Standing ovation for the late Prime Minister while his coffin is paraded through the streets of capital. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Crowd awaits outside St John Co-Cathedral for the funeral mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Crowd waists for the funeral mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Man shouts in praise of late Prime Minister. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Man with Dom Mintoff portrait. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Crowd observes the funeral mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Woman cries during the mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Traditional “santi” with a prayer were handed to the crowd. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Crowd observes the funeral mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Police officers outside St John Co-Cathedral. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Military vehicle prepares to take the coffin of Dom Mintoff on his last journey. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Respects are being paid to the late Prime Minister outside St John Co-Cathedral after the mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Dom Mintoff`s brother Dionysus (second from left) leaves the St John Co-Cathedral after the mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Dom Mintoff`s coffin leaves the cathedral. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Dom Mintoff coffin leaves the cathedral. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Honorary guard carries flowers donated by President of Malta. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

President of Malta George Abela and First Lady Margaret Abela leave St. John Co-Cathedral. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Honorary guard carries flowers donated by Prime Minister of Malta. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Mintoff`s immediate family (daughters Yana Mintoff- Bland and Anne McKenna in the middle) leaves St John Co-Cathedral after the mass. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Funeral conduct leaves the capital. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

Shop windows decorated for the funeral. Photo by Raisa Tarasova.

Shop windows decorated for the funeral. Photo by Malicia Dabrowicz.

We hope we managed to capture the essence of this historical event. We also hope that this set will show how important is the work of photographers.

If you wish to follow Raisa on her blog click here: http://raisatarasova.wordpress.com/

To follow Malicia`s other blog, go here: www.cocamidemea.wordpress.com

Thank you for reading and stopping by.

Malicia

3 thoughts on “Dom Mintoff

  1. Pingback: 2012 in pictures. Part 2 | raisatarasova

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