Book Review: The Light in Cuban Eyes

This book makes a significant contribution to the recent history of photography as it exposes a set of photographs that may well otherwise have gone unnoticed, due to the political and financial problems surrounding the taking of them. David Hay has the review

This new book has been produced by Lake Forest College to showcase a collection of the work of 50 Cuban photographers, collected from 2002 onwards by Madeleine P. Plonsker. The book brings together around 170 images from 1990 to the present day that she collected on visits to Cuba. The images were taken during the so-called ‘special period’ of hardship in Cuba after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The book comprises an introductory essay by Plonsker about her travels to Cuba and how she met the photographers whose work she went on to collect. The main part of the book consists of fifty sets of images by the photographers, preceded by an artist’s statement and the collector’s comments on her meetings with the artist. At the end of the book there is a set of ...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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