Cuba: Mi Amor

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Cuba: Mi Amor

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Just the mention of the word "Cuba" brings to mind so many ideas and images. One thinks of lively music, energetic dance, sun-bleached Spanish architecture, cigars, 50s era automobiles, and Fidel Castro. Xavier Zimbardo traveled to Cuba and lived there for many months learning about this paradoxical island and its people. With the eyes of a journalist and an artist, he captures the essence of all we think of Cuba, yet surprises us with images wholly new and unexpected. Through his vibrant color photographs, we can feel the heat of the sun, hear the laughter and cheers of children, and see the movements of dancers. With over one hundred pulsating, full-color photographs, Cuba: Mi Amor is a treasure; it gives us an original, intimate and stunning and very current glimpse of this vivacious island.

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Xavier Zimbardo is the author and photographer of Rizzoli's fall 2000 title India Holy Song. His work is on permanent display in several museums worldwide, including the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. He lives in Sarcelles, France.

Cristina Garcia is the author of Dreaming in Cuban.

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In his latest collection of photographs, Zimbardo (India Holy Song) portrays Cuba as a polychrome extravaganza of impossibly blue skies, gauzy red nightclub curtains, gleaming yellow automobiles and green fields of grass. He details the sensual decay of crumbling concrete and peeling paint, the dynamism of carnival dancers, the explosion of color on poinciana trees. But the raked angles of Zimbardo's photos overwhelm the images; repeated diagonal shots of streetscapes, passers-by, hotel signs, and parked cars suggest forced motion over any natural momentum. In the book's foreword, Cristina García (Dreaming in Cuban) makes the dubious argument that this perspective serves as cultural commentary on a country in which "one necessarily has to bend and twist the over-abundance of regulations and the under-abundance of resources into something sustainable." It is when Zimbardo veers away from over-saturated color and beaming portraits that he captures something beyond the picturesque: A young boy playing street ball against a backdrop of barred windows; the hunched back of a cyclist on a drizzly day. And it is in the dark-in cowboys' shadows against a mural of Che Guevara and José Marti-that the complexity of Cuba comes forward. 128 full-color photographs.
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