Gilda Perez, Untitled, from the series La Habana, 1988. (Photo: © Gilda Perez/Courtesy of Lehigh University Art Galleries - Museum Operation)
At a New Year’s Eve party in 1958, Magnum photographer Burt Glinn heard that rebel leader Fidel Castro had taken over Cuba. By the following morning he was on the ground in Cuba, documenting the events as they unfolded.
His shots of the freshly minted ruler giving speeches in front of buildings that had just been seized by the new government will be featured, along with many others, in the International Center of Photography’s upcoming exhibition “¡Cuba Cuba!: 65 Years of Photography.”
Coinciding with a new era in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S., the exhibition offers an insight into Cuban culture, history and everyday life, from a period when travel between the two countries was largely prohibited.
It includes work not only from Magnum greats, but also major Cuban photographers such as Alberto Korda and Raúl Corrales. Here’s a preview of the exhibition, which runs from August 15 through September 7th at the Southampton Arts Center in New York.
Burt Glinn, Castro speaks in Santa Clara, January 5, 1959. (Photo: © Burt Glinn / Magnum Photos)
Tony Mendoza, Cuban fishermen, from the series Cuba: Going Back, 1996. (Photo: © Tony Mendoza. Courtesy of Lehigh University Art Galleries - Museum Operation)
Gory (Rogelio López Marin), from the series Es sólo agua en la lágrima de un extraño (It’s only water in the teardrop of a stranger), 1986. (Photo: © Gory/ Courtesy of Lehigh University Art Galleries - Museum Operation)
María Magdalena Campos-Pons, from the series Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), 2000. (Photo: © María Magdalena Campos-Pons/Courtesy of Lehigh University Art Galleries - Museum Operation.)
Andrew Moore, Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba, 1999. (Photo: © Andrew Moore/Courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York)
Unidentified photographer, Hollywood actors Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor at the Sloppy Joe’s bar, Havana, 1950’s. (Photo: Courtesy of the International Center of Photography)
Mario Díaz, La Novia (The Bride), 1991.(Photo: Courtesy of the International Center of Photography)
Unidentified photographer, Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban Guerilla Commander, wearing a Cubanos baseball uniform, 1959. (Photo: Courtesy of the International Center of Photography)