The History of Cuban Photography: A Personal Perspective

Jan. 30, 2012 / By

The Long Beach-based Museum of Latin American Art President and C.E.O. Stuart A. Ashman will explore the history of Cuban Photography this coming Sunday, February 5 at 2 P.M. The history of Cuban photography began in 1840, a few years after the invention of photography in France in 1836. In the early part of the 20th century there were portrait studios in Havana that rivaled in number, those in Paris and New York. Stuart A. Ashman began his career as a photographer and in recent years became interested in developments in photography in Cuba, partly because of his interest in the medium and because he spent his childhood in Matanzas and Havana, Cuba. The conversation will include historical events in Cuba and how they affected the development of the medium on the island. Images shown include historic and archival photos, as well as the work of important Cuban photojournalists like Generoso Funcasta, Roberto Salas and Raul Corrales. Contemporary photographers represented include Juan Carlos Alom, Rene Peña and Marta María Perez Bravo.

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Featured Image credit: Victor Gonzalez “Gerardo Granda en la Guagua Seis, Regla, 1956”















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