Title: Rilindje - Shqipëria në vitet 90
Photographer(s): Gani Xhengo
Writer(s): Gani Xhengo, Ismail Kadare
Designer(s): Admir Banaj
Publisher(s): M.Leka, Tirana, Albania
Language(s): Albanian, English
Size: 23,5 x 33,5 cm
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Print: Soso, Vicenza, Italy
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Albania,1990
This book encapsulates the history of Albania in the last century, from a strongly communist country to its free elections in 1991.
The journey has been long and full of demonstrations, protests and deaths. Gani Xhengo's images tell all this, a difficult reportage, banned by the authorities but which Gani strongly wanted to complete in order to document Albanian history. Just as he did on 7 August 1991 when he went to the port of Durrës to photograph the exodus of Albanians to Italy. His pictures of the Vlora ship laden with people went around the world without Gani Xhengo's name, because he could not sign his pictures and so it was that for a long time this image was attributed to Oliviero Toscani (chief of Benetton of the publicity campaign) that revisited it on color.