The light in Cuban eyes

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Jun 022015


“The light in Cuban eyes”, so gentle and beautiful the title of a new book of a collection of photographs by Cuban photographers amassed by Madeleine P. Plonsker, the philanthropist.  Ms. Plonsker of Lake Forest College in the U.S. has traveled to Cuba since 2002. Photographs by many unknown Cuban photographers make up this collection of photography which cover the “Special Period” in Cuba.

Cuba’s “Special Period” refers to a time when the financial relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union ended in 1989 resulting in a time of extreme economic hardship for the Cuban people. Combined with the American embargo against Cuba, food shortages, medicine, petroleum, power outages and other necessities of life contributed to the extreme suffering of the people. Continue reading »

Osvaldo Salas Photography Exhibit at Fototeca de Cuba

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Jan 272015

Osvaldo Salas exhibit.  Upstairs at Fototeca de Cuba, Havana.

If you are interested in viewing some of the greatest works of Cuban photography, visit Fototeca de Cuba, located in the Plaza Vieja now.  The small gallery is situated in an 18th century two storey blue building at 307 Mercaderes.  Fototeca’s mission is to preserve, study and promote the country’s valuable photographic collection and create a space for the promotion and exhibition of Cuban photography.  Downstairs in the gallery there is usually the work of a contemporary Cuban photographer on display.  Upstairs you can now view the photographs of internationally acclaimed Cuban photojournalist Osvaldo Salas.  This is one of the most valuable collection of photographs of the Fototeca archives.  Entrance is free. Continue reading »