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Cuba: Picturing Change [Hardcover]

E.Wright Ledbetter

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15 Aug 2002
Made from visits to Cuba over a four-year period (1997-2001), Ledbetter's photographs take us on a compelling journey within a culture pressured by numerous internal and external difficulties, where the resulting climate is saturated with the tension and uncertainty brought on by a political and economic future that continues to evolve with no clear direction. Graphically alluring and rich in metaphor, Ledbetter's photographs focus on the overwhelming power and spirit of the Cuban people. They also explore what he believes is an imminent Cuban culture shift and inevitable redefinition of Cuban identity. As Ledbetter's visual narrative unfolds, however, the photographs begin to reveal a greater depth and mystery, framed by the honest eye of a humanist and the compassion and perspective of an artist. Cuba is a setting in which the questions surrounding its future become the questions all cultures face as social systems -- political, economic, and otherwise -- help shape human experience. The photographs and essays emerge as a beautiful, balanced, and inclusive body of work. They capture one view of Cuba on the cusp of centuries, and at the same time explore the timeless art of human perseverance and the powerful current of the ever-changing human story.

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"...give(s) a vivid impression of the Cubans and their environment...There are some fine images and portraits here, which the essays support very well." -- British Bulletin of Latin America, April 2003.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Photography and Insight into Cuba! 1 Nov 2002
By Mr. Bradford L. Watkins (Brad) - Published on Amazon.com
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I was drawn to the book by the powerful and fun photographic images. Ledbetter does an outstanding job capturing the images of Cuban life in a way that allows you to both celebrate it and to empathise with the struggle of the Cuban people.
The Essays are an unexpected extra in a book of this nature that make the work a multi-dimensional experience. It appeals to those interested in both Photography and Cuba. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty, spirit & mystery 30 Oct 2002
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This magnificent collection of photographs captures the beauty, spirit and mystery of Cuba, the USA's often-overlooked neighbor... Ledbetter's clear, passionate and respectful eye has created a stunning work -- the book takes us far more deeply into the Cuban culture than the soundbites of recent news stories (Elian Gonzales, President Carter's visit) allow. Ledbetter's photographs and the accompanying essays make this book essential for anyone who wishes to understand Cuba more fully; the book also richly rewards the reader who simply appreciates great photography.
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful shot of real Cuba 25 May 2011
By Aga Artka - Published on Amazon.com
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Not the skewed, propaganda-driven messaging about what Cuba is, this album shows the readers the real Cuba, the historical influence, the cultural nuances, the societal disparities. Fascinating....
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