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I Was Cuba: Treasures from the Ramiro Fernandez Collection

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While most think of Cuba as a mythical island of rum, rumba, and revolution, period photographs reveal a more complexplace. I Was Cuba is an original look at Cuban history as seen through the Ramiro Fernandez Collectionarguably the world's leading archive of Cuban photos and ephemera. I Was Cuba showcases rare, vernacular images from the nineteenth century through the revolutionary period, exploring the everyday and the eccentric. With texts from famed Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (Before Night Falls), this captivating volume is an intimate view into a bygone era of glamour, political upheaval, and astounding visual culture.

About the Author

Kevin Kwan is a book packager and creative consultant who has created projects with some of the world's leading artists, designers, publishers, and institutions. He has been involved in the creation of numerous acclaimed visual books, including (un)Fashion by Tibor + Maira Kalman, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, and Spectacle by David Rockwell with Bruce Mau. In 2004, he produced Presenting Celia Cruz, the celebrated photography tribute to Cuba's "Queen of Salsa."

Peter Castro was named managing editor of People en Español in 2006. Prior to joining People en Español, Castro worked at sister publication People magazine, most recently serving as executive editor overseeing entertainment coverage.

Ramiro Fernandez was born in Havana to a family involved in the pharmaceutical industry. He left Cuba in 1960, settling first in Palm Beach County and then in New York, where he was a photography editor at Time Inc. for 25 years, working for such titles as Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, People, and People En Español. Fernandez first began to collect at the suggestion of his grandmother, who foresaw the coming turmoil and urged him to collect images of a Cuba that was fast disappearing. As a witness to the revolution in his youth, Fernandez's consuming passion has been to build a collection that can serve as a testament to the Cuba he remembers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811860536
Author:
Kwan, Kevin
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Author:
Fernandez, Ramiro
Author:
Castro, Peter
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - World/South America
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
History
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Photograph collections
Subject:
Cuba - History - 20th century
Subject:
Cuba - History - 19th century
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Subject:
Photo Essays
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.40x9.64x1.33 in. 2.37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Annuals
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Anthologies and History
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » General
History and Social Science » Latin America » Picture Books
History and Social Science » World History » General
Travel » General

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