Cuba is both a country of architectural and natural beauty and a country in ruins. It is a country of the weary, and a country of warm engaging people. It is a place where the tastes and music heighten the senses while crumbling buildings and thin faces inspire great sadness. This photo documentary shares the story of the Cuban people through the intimate portraits taken by travel photographer Joanna Biondolillo just before normalized relations with Cuba took place. It shares the truth about life in Cuba today.
Joanna’s career began with an unlikely Christmas gift. In 1989, She was given a Minolta 370X for Christmas by a friend who had seen my art work. Until then, she had dabbled in textiles, weaving and some drawing. “I didn’t know it at the time, but photography would change the course of my life.” Back then film was our means of capturing an image. Photographs were still developed in the dark room and photographers were taught that their job was to document the reality in front of them.
She began as a portrait photographer in Austin, Texas but now work almost exclusively in landscape and travel photography. “Although digital technology has taken over the imaging industry, I do not alter my images. As a film trained photographer, I still uses a hand-held light meter. You can’t change the reality of what is. Even though I now use a digital camera, I still photograph the reality in front of me and present it as I have photographed it. Old fashioned or not, I still believe in the integrity of my photographs.”
“Photography is about capturing the light, listening to the landscape, collecting the silence and documenting what is.”
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