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Posted May 4, 2001
Explaining his concept for this absorbing collection of black and white photographs, Tim B. Wride, author and Los Angeles County Museum of Art Associate Curator of Photography, said 'Shifting Tides' is intended to 'expand the common perception of what Cuban photography is generally thought to be. That is, black-and-white, documentary reportage with a hint of magic realism, and replete with iconic images of Che and Fidel.' Rather, Wide continues, there 'is the broad range and inventive nature of work, both conceptual and visual, that has been and continues to be done on the island. The work is expressive, sophisticated, and firmly grounded in an international art dialogue.' Covering 40 years of Cuban photography, the work is expressive, indeed. The volume may be roughly divided into three sections, one celebrating the work of such photographers as Enrique de la Uz, Ivan Canas and Jose Alberto Figueroa, who focused on the common man, workers, street scenes, and the marked changes found on the island. Another section emphasizes everyday life after the revolution, and a third area is distinctly different as these artists never lived in a pre-Castro Cuba. While grounded in Cuba, of course, all of these images speak a universal tongue, which is high praise for the artists who created them.
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