Raúl Cañibano: Absolut Cuba
This is the first book to present a selection of the best creative work by Raúl Cañibano in Cuba: 30 years, captured in 100 pictures. One of the most gifted photographers in Latin America presents images of tradition, happiness, tragedy and magic: he captures the mood of the largest Caribbean island beautifully, cleverly, sensually and accurately like no one else can. In these affectionate and astute photographs, he captures the heart and soul of Cuba. He seeks out Cubans as they are, in everyday situations, in their homes, on the streets, in the fields, and in the cities. In these images, the artist captures the eternal human drama: faith, old age, death, games, tenderness, love, anxiety, and a desire for beauty. His subjects appear as themselves in all their complexity, granting us a look into their inner lives.
Absolut Cuba is Raúl Cañibano‘s declaration of love to his native country. His surprising, caring, yet incredibly precise take and his lightening-fast, instinctive and gripping intellect let him capture moments which might seem totally familiar: normal everyday life in urban or rural settings. This makes him one of the most gifted photographers in Latin America. His project Tierra Guajira pays tribute to Cuban farmers in an almost anthropological approach – tracing his own childhood in the east of the country. Raúl Cañibano combines it with pictures from his series Ciudad, Fe por San Lázaroand Ocaso to let us sense the heart and soul of Cuba. His images are truthful and convey a sense of identity. They are filled with tradition, happiness, tragedy and magic.
About the Author
Raúl Cañibano was born in Havana in 1961, trained to be a welder and it took until 1984 before he started, self-taught, to get involved with photography. In engaging with the works of the great masters of painting he formed his own style, which he calls “somehow surrealist”.
His work has been published in magazines across the world and shown in major photographic museums and at well-known festivals like the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles. He is a member of the Unión de Escritores y Artista de Cuba (UNEAC) and the Fondo Cubano de la Imagen. His pictures have been acquired by prominent public collections in Cuba, like the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, as well as by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He was awarded the Grand Prix of Cuban Photography for his outstanding creative work.