Ernesto Bazan, Photo: Francesco Pavia Ernesto Bazan is a photographer based in New York City, and the author most recently of Before ...
“I look at my contact sheets. A feeling of utter depression seizes me. I sense a huge loss within me. And what’s worse is that there is nothing I can do about it. I want to cry the silence of the empty room. A reminder of how difficult it is to take a damned good picture. I can only accept the verdict as a sentenced prisoner.”
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery presents “Cuba, Then & Now,” a group show featuring the work of Italian photographer Ernesto Bazan and social documentary photographer Magdalena Solé. Selections from Bazan’s recently completed trilogy on Cuba, shot during the so-called “Special Period,” are paired with Spanish- born Solé’s latest series CUBA - Hasta Siempre (Cuba Forever), taken between 2011-2015.
Eight years after he had to leave Cuba, Ernesto Bazan has come out with an ambitious book of panoramic photos where multiple stories play out in each frame.
Now, in the final installment of his Cuba trilogy, he has published “Isla,” an ambitious collection of black-and-white panoramas that span genres from portrait and landscape to street photography and still lifes. Mind you, he sometimes accomplishes this in a single frame. While the panoramic camera he used forced him to step back a bit — unlike his up-close 35-millimeter street work — it nonetheless gave him a different intimacy.
I can only say that I believe that having gone to Cuba wasn’t just another trip to a foreign land to discover and take pictures. Cuba, as I’ve said in the past, was one of the most important chapters in my life, both as a man and as a photographer
Photographers scheduled to talk about their work and careers as part of the Master Talks series at this year’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph will include Lynsey Addario, Ernesto Bazan, Camille Seaman, Bruce Gilden, Robin Schwartz, and Hank Willis Tho
Lynsey Addario, Ernesto Bazan, Camille Seaman, Bruce Gilden, Robin Schwartz, and Hank Willis Thomas, festival organizers have announced.
The festival will take place June 7, 8 and 9 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
For every boon that Ernesto Bazan has received, he can point to a parallel moment where he gave to someone else. “I strongly believe that in life, the more you give, the more you get back,” the Sicilian-born photographer said. “There’s no doubt that that’s the way it should be.”
Ernesto Bazan has found echoes of long-ago Sicily in Cuba’s western countryside, as David Gonzalez describes.
Ernesto Bazan’s images of the Cuban countryside are remnants of a tropical dream — suffused with tenderness, color and a hint of mystery. You can almost touch the damp earth, where a freshly slaughtered pig lays near a puddle of blood, or smell the hand-rolled puros whose smoke hangs in the air like a milky veil.