Longing: New Photos of Cuba Today
My Sunday paper alerted me to an upcoming photo exhibit in Nashville of images from the new photography book, Old Havana: Spirit of the Living City by Chip Cooper and Nestor Marti.
Published by the University of Alabama Press, it is a collaboration between Cooper, an American architecture and landscape photographer, and Marti, a photographer living in Havana. A BBC story, with background, can be found here and the story I read locally is here.
A wonderful Tia of mine lives in a 5th-floor walk-up on Calle Obispo, just up the street from La Floridita, right in the heart of la Habana Vieja. It is a vibrant and beautiful corner of the world, and seeing this story made me miss the moments I have spent there.
Also made me long for an easy freedom for Cuba.
Cuba Now. In Pictures.
As did these other images of Cuba I have discovered of late.
- Spare Beauty: The Cuban Kitchen, a collection by photographer Ellen Silverman, of Cubans in their kitchens. They are sparse, beautiful, horrifying, dangerous, simple, sad, inspiring…You name it. An NPR story explains the works and we had a conversation about it on the Tiki Tiki Facebook page.
- The photographer Diane Cu, half of the popular White on Rice Couple site, showed photos of her fall trip to Cuba during a session at the Blissdom conference I attended in February. They are intimate and moving and they’re all shot and edited on an iPhone. Go check them out.
- The Denver Post has a striking slideshow of Pope Benedict XVI visit to Cuba last week.
- The photographer Ed Yourdon is one of my favorites to visit on Flickr. His NYC street scenes and photos of young mothers ignoring their children in favor of their phones or electronics always serves as a great reminder to me to unplug. But, anyway. Yourdon went to Cuba last fall for photo workshops and he created a collection of more than 300 images he shot in Havana, plus there is a nice written description of what he saw.
Here’s a slideshow of Yourdon’s Cuba photos:
Viva, Cuba Libre.