For more than 30 years
, New York based photographer Mariette Pathy Allen
has been documenting transgender culture
worldwide; in 2004
she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier
. In her new publication (amazon)
, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba
, especially its growing visibility
in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro
's presidency. (trans 101)
Perhaps you think you've had your fill of photographs of decaying architecture and abandoned buildings. If so, the rich color and play of light in Michael Eastman's beautiful body of work
from Cuba, Europe, and the U.S. may change your mind. His site is flash - for non-flash folks, the Duane Reed Gallery
has additional works, including his B&W portfolios on horses, landscapes, and succulents. (no relation to the Kodak family; via BB-Blog)
Benjamin Krain, photojournalist.
His series on Katrina captures both scale and detail. His portfolio includes work on Afghanistan, Cuba, Burning Man. His work on the Marshallese
was previously on Mefi. (flash warning for the haters)
Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles.
An homage to Cuba's astonishing wealth of antique cars, revealing the time-worn splendor of classic American automobiles spanning eight decades.
Copyright to the Revolution (translation):
"On Wednesday, 9 July 2003, the superior court of Paris banned a poster campaign launched by the group Reporters Without Borders
to protest the totalitarian policies of Cuba. This campaign, designed by the agency Rampazzo & Associates
, was built around an iconic image of Ernesto Che Guevara, inspired by the original image by the Cuban photographer [Alberto] Korda
The decision came in a suit
brought by Diane Diaz Lopez, the late photographer's daughter, accusing the organization of misappropriating the original image taken by her father."
The poster reads: "Welcome to Cuba, the world's largest prison for journalists
." Korda had sued in 2000 to prevent use of the image in an Absolut vodka
campaign. An article at Uzine
(French) shows how the image in question was composited.