Havana: Intimations of Departure
HAVANA: Intimations of Departure is John Comino-James’ third book of photographs relating to his experience of that city, first visited in 2002 and many times since. Yet the city still surprises; he writes: Just when I think I know parts of the city well, I catch myself walking in streets made unfamiliar by my photographs.
Arranged in six sequences, the book contemplates the visual experiences and emotional connections the photographer might lose were he unable to walk through its streets again. We imagine moments in the history of buildings, find ourselves led towards and almost overwhelmed by the energy of the street, and observe moments of individual preoccupation and solitude. In the final section, through text and colour, he responds to the blandishments of a tourist industry which all too often proposes that ‘Cuba is on the verge of change… now is the perfect time to visit before its distinctive character is altered forever’, countering the proposition that the Havana landscape simply presents an opportunity ‘for great dramatic photos for competitions and portfolios’, pointing to a wider culture of art and politics beyond the Che Guevara T-shirts and other souvenirs.
Publisher: Dewi Lewis
Size: 222 x 298 mm
168 pages, 95 duotoine & colour photos
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