- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: Corazon Press (September 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976834901
- ISBN-13: 978-0976834908
- Package Dimensions: 11.7 x 11.6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,751,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cuba - Photographs by Jack Kenny Hardcover – September 15, 2005
After looking through Jack Kenny's book, you feel like you have seen an x-ray of the Cuban soul. --Alexandra Rossi, La Isla Times, March 2006
These photographs will make you want to be there, in Cuba, with these enticingly direct people.” --Sandra Levinson, Center for Cuban Studies NYC, Sept 2005
Jack Kenny’s photographs are a compassionate window onto the everyday beauty and longing of the Cuban people. --Ruth Behar, University of Michigan, Sept 2005
About the Author
Jack Kenny took his first trip to Cuba in April of 1996 and has returned more than 40 times. He is a dealer in Cuban photography and art, including the work of the famous Cuban photographers, Alberto “Korda” Diaz and Osvaldo and Roberto Salas. In addition, he is the publisher of the image bank Cuba-Photo.com which offers images of Cuba free for educational purposes. Prior to the Cuba project, Kenny’s worked primarily as a studio photographer, specializing in B&W nudes. He has exhibited in galleries in Michigan and had his first one man show dedicated to the nude in Havana, Cuba in February of 1997. Kenny’s current projects include: A B&W traveling exhibit with 35 16x20 sepia toned prints of his photos, 15 famous photos of the Cuban Revolution, and 20 archival photos of Cuba. CUBA, the book - a 120 page coffee table book with 106 duo-tone images of Cuba from Corazon Press. An exhibit of new work from the book. He lives in an historic house in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his daughter Lauren
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What Jack Kenny gives us in this generous, large-scale book is a series of vignettes of the people and places of the island we know so little. It is obvious from the technically facile, artistically composed black and white images that the people he shares with us have a trust in him. The photographs are from the old monarch of the island Havana, the Playa Baracoa, and the rural villages that dot the island. The players in this volume range in age from infants to the elderly, from lovers, game players, workers, families, and sundry gatherings of people making the best with the little they have.
And in great contrast to the simple beauty of the people Kenny focuses on the grand (if decaying) architecture of the ruins of a city that was once a chief tourist attraction for the world. Certain images feature statuary without heads but with intact wings, fossils of a grander time on this paradise. For those of us who are familiar only with the traditional 'shots' of the 'intended for public viewing' spaces on the controlled island, this collection celebrates an entirely new view of why Cuba remains so dear to the countless refugees who fled the island to live in America. This is a perfect time to turn to Jack Kenny's love affair with Cuba: with Fidel Castro having stepped down, perhaps there will now begin a transformation or return to normalcy that will revive the old Queen of the Caribbean. Grady Harp, February 08
Like most Americans, I have never been to Cuba so I cannot say for certain, but the feeling from cover to cover is that of total authenticity.
Jack Kenny has expanded my world through his lens and obviously through his heart. His photos are wide-ranging and each one, evocative.
I love this book!