The collection of photos in this book, of yesteryear, or how Cuba used to be, really intrigues me. It is the most extensive collection of photographs we know of, available outside of the island nation.
I love how the photos detail events and extravagances, as well as every day life. In the photo above, I was excited to see the Lion Dance going on. My oldest was in Kung Fu for years when he was a kid (he still trains and teaches), and one of the events we would attend was the Lion Dance, where he was the bottom half, or the half that holds the weight of another person up while they travel.
There are in fact, over 300 images in this book, which is amazing in and of itself. Browsing through it makes me want to travel to Cuba now more so than ever. It's such an intriguing land to me, and it always looks so beautiful in the movies. I'd love to see what elements of that are true in real life.
The culture seems so different from ours in many ways. There is so much to see in the book, and the pictures really help you to learn how things were in the past.
to glammed up events,
to their acts of patriotism, and more...
this book really holds your interest.
I think putting together this pictorial was such a wonderful idea. We're keeping our copy out on the coffee table, so everyone who comes in can see it. It's easily been a huge hit sitting there. If you have any interest in travel or Cuba at all, I highly recommend picking up this wonderful collection of photos. As a person who loves both travel and photography, I think this design and book is the perfect marriage of both.
This June, The Monacelli Press published CUBA THEN, vintage photographs and ephemera from the collection of Ramiro A. Fernandez, the most extensive archive of Cuban photography outside of the island nation. Much of this collection is little seen and never published, presenting a rich spectrum of personalities spanning more than a century: aristocratic race-car drivers, movie actors and showgirls, magicians, and spies; from Fidel Castro drinking a Coca-Cola on a public bus to celebrities like Celia Cruz, Winston Churchill, and Maria Felix. This new edition contains thirty new pages and more than 100 newly selected photographs.Cuba Then: Revised and Expanded by Ramiro A. Fernandez, published by The Monacelli Press 2018, $40 Hardcover, 320 pages, ISBN 9781580935104