Rare and Classic Images from the Ramiro Fernandez Collection
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The enduring fascination of Cuba intensifies as the island once again becomes a seductive travel destination. From Ramiro Fernández, whose collection of Cuban photography and ephemera is one of the largest outside of the island nation, comes a dazzling array of images of Cuban life, lifestyle, glamour, customs, and struggle from the nineteenth century to the Revolution.
From the earliest daguerreotypes to glamorous shots of movie stars, the country’s history is represented by a rich spectrum of personalities: race-car driving aristocrats, sultry showgirls, gangsters, everyday folk, and revolutionaries who would soon transform the nation. Rare images are showcased: a portrait of Castro as a schoolboy, a bare-chested Che Guevara, and Heinz Lüning, the only Nazi spy executed in Latin America during World War II (and the unwitting inspiration for Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana).
With nearly 300 exceptional images and a foreword and poetry by Richard Blanco, the poet selected for President Obama's second inauguration, this is a multifaceted look at Cuba, then.
Praise For Cuba Then: Rare and Classic Images from the Ramiro Fernandez Collection…
“The Cuba left behind is illustrated exquisitely in Cuba, Then. The fascinating book has 250 images, most never before published as well as poetry by Cuban American Richard Blanco, who spoke and read so movingly at President Obama's second inauguration. Fernandez’s photographs capture all: young Fidel at a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun; a shirtless Che Guevara; ‘Queen’ Celia Cruz on a break; and prima ballerina Alicia Alonso en pointe in a photo from her tutu'd torso down.” —examiner.com
The Monacelli Press, 9781580933834, 288pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
About the Author
Richard Blanco is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry, including Looking for The Gulf Motel, and the memoir For All of Us, One Today.