Book of the Week: Cuba y Cubans

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We love the way Los Angeles-based photographer Juan Luis Garcia breaks through the clutter of Cuba clichés with his first book, Cuba y Cubans. That’s no small task, but through the lens of this gifted up-and-coming artist, it’s beautifully done.

Chica y Camello by Juan Luis Garcia Book of the Week: Cuba y Cubans

On his trip across the island as still photographer for a documentary shoot, he managed to find something fresh in his portraits of Cuban people, and even in those commonly seen themes of vintage American cars, cigar makers, and palm trees.

Cuba y Cubans 2 by Juan Luis Garcia Book of the Week: Cuba y Cubans

Garcia’s photos cut straight through decades of propaganda (at least for those of us here in the U.S.) to make a connection with everyday Cubans. He helps us see their humor, their pride, their struggles, and even those cigars in a brand-new way. In a recent interview, Garcia says he wanted to “show a Cuba that is beautiful, full of life and wonder, a place in the world tucked away in time, immune from western influence.”

Niños by Juan Luis Garcia Book of the Week: Cuba y Cubans

Check out the book and see if you think he succeeded. If you’ve visited Cuba, you’ll be reminded of the island’s unique character. If you haven’t, you’ll enjoy getting a peek through Garcia’s stereotype-smashing photos.

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5 Comments

  1. Me encanto sus fotografias. Me encanta las fotos de Cuba. Nunca e hido pero soy desendiente. Mis padres son de CAibarien. La fotografia es un Arte y a mi me encanta. Gracias por compartir.

    By Mary
      March 31, 2011 – 7:53 am   Permalink
  2. Beautiful.

    sis

    By sistina sypher
      April 14, 2011 – 12:14 am   Permalink
  3. Great portraits. You really captured the spirit of the Cubans. You obviously have a way with people….you even managed to take photographs inside the Partagas Factory…no mean feat in itself. I particularly like your way of putting your subject in context and then moving closer for a more intimate shot. Well done.

    By Anthony McEvoy
      April 14, 2011 – 3:45 am   Permalink
  4. Shouldn’t that be “Cuba y Cubanos”?

    Great photos though.

    By Don Pope
      April 14, 2011 – 8:15 am   Permalink
  5. As a two-time visitor to Cuba, I have been totally hooked by the place so I eagerly scrolled through this book. Outstanding work! Beautiful portraits that capture the greatest natural resource of Cuba, the people. I love the layout as well. Well done.

      April 14, 2011 – 8:54 am   Permalink

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