Cuba Then: Revised and Expanded
Since the first edition of Cuba Then was published in 2014, there have been several seismic shifts- President Obama moved to normalize relations, a US embassy was opened, Fidel Castro died, and the current administration announced plans to freeze relations again. This intensified interest in Cuba has seen record numbers of Americans traveling there. It is only fitting to release a revised and expanded edition of Cuba Then to satisfy the demand for this growing interest in the country’s history and visual culture.
With fifty newly selected vintage photographs and pieces of ephemera from the collection of Ramiro FernBndez, the most extensive archive of Cuban photography outside of the island nation, Cuba Then is a tribute to the lost eras of style, glamor, ebullience, intrigue, and upheaval. The more than 300 images here span the entire spectrum of photographic history, including rare daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes-de-visite, and stereograms.
A rich spectrum of personalities spanning more than a century appear- aristocratic race-car drivers, movie stars and showgirls, gangsters, spies, and everyday folk. Much of FernBndez’s collection is little seen and never published, including unique prints of Castro riding on a public bus, a chess-playing Che Guevara, and Heinz L3ning, the Nazi spy who inspired Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana. Featuring a foreword by poet Richard Blanco, Cuba Then is a welcome new edition of this seductive photographic survey of the small island that continues to fascinate the world.
|Dimensions||184 × 238 mm|
Ramiro FernBndez was born in Havana to a family involved in the pharmaceutical industry. He left Cuba in 1960, settling first in Palm Beach County and then in New York, where he was a photography editor at Time Inc. for 25 years. He was involved in the launches of Entertainment Weekly and People en Espa ol magazines and worked at Sports Illustrated and People. A witness to the Cuban Revolution in his youth, FernBndez's consuming passion has been to build a photography collection to represent the Cuba he remembers. Today his collection numbers more than 8,000 items.
Richard Blanco, born in Madrid in 1968 to Cuban parents, immigrated to the United States and eventually worked as a civil engineer. He turned to writing and studying poetry and has become an award-winning author with books like City of a Hundred Fires and Directions to the Beach of the Dead. He is the United States' fifth inaugural poet, writing for President Barack Obama's 2013 ceremony.