Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2008. 1st Edition. Quarto. Fine / Near Fine. Item #13354
Beautiful and quite scarce 1st Edition of Bazan's documentary of life on the isolated island of Cuba beginning in 1992.
Boldly inscribed by the photographer on the front endpaper :
the first book of this unimaginable trilogy
"I went to Cuba in 1992 and it was love at first sight, for the island and the people. I realized after a few trips that Cuba reminded me so much of my wonderful childhood in Sicily. Time had stopped in Cuba in a way, and so it was a little like Palermo when I was growing up. I met my future wife there and became father of twin boys.
"I realized if I wanted to probe more I had to ask the government if I could really gain access to restricted areas. I wrote a naive letter to Fidel Castro explaining what I wanted to do, with a long list of where I wanted to gain access. To my great surprise, I got a letter a week later saying it was fine to photograph the army, the sugar cane mills, and other things I wanted. I think I am the only foreign photographer to gain so much access. Once I was right in a war game, running with the tanks as they were trying to defend from a possible invasion. It was an interesting experience.
"BazanCuba, the book, was edited by fifty of my students, friends and myself. I learned so much about editing through teaching and wanted to democratize the process of editing the book. All of the students and friends gave me wonderful feedback, even the real beginners. The workshops have turned my life around 360 degrees." - Ernesto Bazan
Black cloth with red and white type. Square tight binding. Clean Interior. Dust jacket presents handsomely in archival mylar.
A superior copy of a scarce and very desirable edition.