I would like to dedicate this page to my cousin, Victor B. Caruana, who was not only a talented photographer in Malta but also my mentor. Born in Mosta, Malta, on February 23rd, 1944, Victor had a deep passion for photography from a young age.
At just 11 years old, he received his first Kodak Brownie camera and began experimenting with it. By the time he turned 16, Victor had already set up his own darkroom and started developing his own films, guided by the knowledge he gained from Johnson's Photography Book. Even while studying, he dedicated all his free time to honing his photography skills.
Victor's talent and dedication quickly earned him recognition in the field. At the age of 18, he stepped in to photograph his first wedding when a friend fell ill. This marked the beginning of his journey as a wedding photographer, and he later expanded his portfolio to cover various social occasions and sports activities for local clubs and newspapers.
Despite being a teacher by profession, Victor never let go of his love for photography. He continued to pursue his passion during weekends and holidays. His work was exhibited in multiple exhibitions, both in Malta and abroad, and he had the privilege of solo exhibitions as well. Victor's photographs were published in numerous magazines, books, and newspapers, both nationally and internationally. He particularly enjoyed outdoor photography, capturing the beauty of his beloved Island of Sunshine, Malta, and excelled in photographing fireworks displays.
In 2006, Victor made the transition to digital photography, embracing the evolving technology while still aiming to document the rich history of Malta. His dedication and contributions to the community were recognized by the city of Mosta, Malta, in early 2017, honoring him for his years of service.
I had the privilege of spending time with Victor during my visit to Malta in 2017, where he generously shared his knowledge and passion with me. It was a truly memorable experience to learn from someone so talented and passionate about their craft.
Tragically, on May 30th, 2018, Victor passed away suddenly from a heart attack. His loss was deeply felt by all who knew him, and his legacy as a skilled photographer and mentor lives on. May he rest in peace, forever remembered for his remarkable contributions to the world of photography.