The Light in Cuban Eyes in The New Yorker

The New Yorker
May 18, 2015
By Vince Aletti

This survey of contemporary Cuban photography is timely, but, while nearly all the pictures were made this century, little of it looks new or inventive. Perhaps that's why the most satisfying works are black and white and rooted in the documentary tradition. Arien Chang, José Julián Martí, Jorge Louis Álvarez Pupo, and Pedro Abascal view their countrymen with the sort of penetrating concern that gets below the surface of everyday events, from a cock fight to a game of dominoes; in his portraits of gay men, Alejandro Gonzalez gives the revolution's outcasts a powerful presence.