Cuba

In April 2012  four photographers met briefly at an exhibition in Havana launched by the Cuban photography collective Fototeca. Two were visitors from the United Kingdom, one was American and the fourth was one of the most celebrated living photographers working in Cuba today.

Pedro Abascal was the only one of the photographers to have grown up to live and work in Havana through times and events the others had only read about and followed through the photography which brought images of the Cuban revolution into their living rooms. Thomas Lyndahl Robinson is an American photographer bucking the trend of his more bellicose countrymen to spend as much time as he can in Cuba and to enjoy the trust and honesty he has built into his relationships with Cuban people over many years.

Carlos Ordonez and Fred Chance were visiting from Gloucestershire primarily for Carlos to further the process of exchanging an exhibition between printmakers but also to make contact with and meet some of the key players from Fototeca. They are both independent photographers in the UK and were excited about the photography they had seen coming out of Cuba.

Before long the four photographers were looking at each other’s work and reminiscing about favourite images, asking questions about particular pictures and sharing their cache of photographers who had been particularly influential on their work. It turned out that they had a lot in common and only miles and oceans rather than creative intent and photographic style separated them.

This is the first time their work has been brought together in a single exhibition. To see a slideshow of the photographs click on any of the thumbnails bellow...

Pedro Abascal

has his work is published in several anthologies of photography and visual arts, national and international such as: "Canto a la Realidad. Anthology of Latin American Photography 1860-1993", "Memory Project", "Viva La Vida" and "100 Years of Cuban Photography" among others.

In 2003 he published a monographic essay on his documentary work entitled "Personal Documents". Some of his pieces are part of public and private collections in Cuba, Mexico, France, Italy, Holland and in important educational institutions, galleries and museums of the United States.

Tomas Lindahl Robinson

identifies his sources of inspiration as the Cuban people, their culture, and their whimsical way of being. The love he has for their art, dance, and music has led him to create several projects, most notably, "Abrázame" and "Dreaming In Cuban." Prior to her passing, Catherine Leroy was an invaluable source of ideas for his work in Cuba along with Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb, who have had a profound influence on Thomas' colour work.  

When not traveling he works and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Carlos Ordonez

began taking photographs as a child, living in Portobello, London, and his work has been as influenced by the aftermath of conflict as by the work of Bill Brandt,  Walker Evans, Francesca Woodman and Sabastiao Salgado. He works primarily in black and white, with both film and digital media. He is especially interested in collaborations with performers, artists, writers and activists, on photographic publications and projects.

Carlos published a collaboration, “Calle Habana” with the poet Pablo Madina from which this collection is taken.

He was co- founder with Fred Chance of the PhotoStroud project which hosts this exhibition.

Fred Chance

is an independent photographer who has worked extensively with musicians. An exhibition of this work staged with his friend and music industry photographer David Corio was displayed recently. His work has appeared in books and magazines and has been exhibited internationally.

The images shown here are part of a travel documentary collection which includes photographs made in Russia, USA, Central Europe and inside the Arctic Circle.

A selection of photographs from Cuba accompanied work by poet Jeff Cloves in the book “26 de Julio”.

He was co-founder with Carlos Ordonez of the PhotoStroud project.