Cuba - 90 años fidel
"We Cubans never leave Cuba completely when we emigrate. We carry our island with us wherever we go. Cuba embodies our culture, our way of being, our way of seeing things, Cuba is more like a country. The Caribbean island is our philosophy of life. "
The internationally renowned Cuban jazz pianist Marialy Pacheco describes the Cuban way of life in the preface of the book "CUBA - 90 Years of Fidel Castro". The caribbean state was shaped by the legendary revolution of the Castro brothers and their friend Ché Guevara, the victory over the dictator Fulgencio Batista and the connection of the revolutionary Kubas to the Eastern bloc. Over 50 years, this socialist enclave exists 144 KM off the coast of Florida. The pictures by the internationally renowned photographer Dirk Gebhardt show the reader cuban realities of life apart from the popular tourist images and thus open up the reality of the Cubans in a colorful and compassionate manner. With improvisation, idealism and "laissez fair" the Cubans try to overcome the economic deficiency, defy the heat and keep their ideals upright.
The book shows 75 pictures from different places in Cuba. From Remedios via Trinidad and Havana to Viñales in the west of the country. All pictures were taken in summer 2016 the period of the celebrations to the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro. The images are typically matched with Cuban propaganda and statements by regime-critical Cubans. In this tension field the message of the book develops: the life of the Cubans is not as we think.
The book appears in a limited edition of 250, signed copies. It has 166 pages with 75 photographs a foreword by Marialy Pacheco and an afterword by Dirk Gebhardt.
Title: Cuba - 90 años fidel
Subtitle: un recuerdo de cuba
Design: Lars Harmsen
Publisher: Dirk Gebhardt
Publishing Company: Slanted Publishers
Published: December 2016
Number of Pages: 166
Format: 17x24 cm
Language: spanish / german / english
Design: hardcover, open stich binding
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