TWO VIEWS: Cuba

Lee Lockwood, Fidel Castro

There are two exhibitions about Cuba at the Center for Cuban Studies/Cuban Art Space: “Cuba: The Decade After,” photographs by LEE LOCKWOOD and “The Years Before: 1945-1958,” photographs by CONSTANTINO ARIAS.  Both photographers’ work — in very different ways — give insights into Cuba’s past.  Lockwood, who died this past summer, was a committed political photojournalist (and journalist) who was probably best known for his marathon interview with Castro, which apparently took place over a week and was published as a book with Lockwood’s photographs.  It’s fascinating to see his intimate photographs of the young Castro.    He was also a founder of the Center for Cuban Studies.  Arias, known familiarly as the “Cuban Weegee,”  recorded Cuban life in the 1940’s and 50’s.  His work gives a palpable sense of the world of that era, documenting nightclubs, society, as well as life on the streets.  A catalogue of Arias’s work, with an introduction by Max Kozloff, is also available from the Center for Cuban Studies.  You’ll also find both photographers work is in the current ICP exhibition, “Cuba in Revolution,” which also includes work by KORDA, CORRALES, CARTIER-BRESSON, BURRI, GLINN, among others, and which is up through January 9, 2011.—ALEX WEBB and REBECCA NORRIS WEBB

Constantino Arias, Havana, Cuba

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