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Portraits from Paradise
Joan Bonet (2023)
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  • Title: Portraits from Paradise
  • Original Title: Retrats des del paradís
  • Country: España
  • Screening date: 16/11/2023
  • Producer: La Perifèrica Produccions
  • Direction: Joan Bonet

Portraits from Paradise is the audiovisual story of the existential journey of Tom Weedon, an English photographer, tireless traveller, unique observer and authentic street photographer.

From his migration to Australia at age 20 to try his fortune, to his untimely death in Mallorca at age 51, Weedon captured the world he knew with his camera. Places like Egypt, the Middle East, Ceylon and half of Europe were the protagonists of his images and graphic reports of him.

Chance made it so that in 1956 he was recommended to visit Mallorca and a town in particular: Fornalutx. The love for the place was so intense that the Weedon family bought a house in the town where they spent the following summers.

Tom's fragile health meant that only three years later he died prematurely, but during this period, between 1956 and 1959, his 16 mm photography and film cameras left us unrepeatable images of an island still intact.