Photo-feature by Elio Delgado

Photo by Emilio Valdes Espinosa
Photo by Emilio Valdes Espinosa

HAVANA TIMES, Dec. 15 – Today in Cuba there is a group of photographers who work documenting daily life.  Some of them are engaged in this full time, while others do so as a second or part-time job, but without receiving any type of pay; one of these individuals is Emilio Valdes Espinosa.

At Emilio’s day job, he works out of a photo studio where he takes pictures for ID cards and of birthdays, though he especially likes shooting “Sweet 16” (15 in Cuba) parties and weddings.

He does this in addition to taking photography classes at the Higher Institute of Industrial Design (ISDI).

In his free time he has devoted more than eight years to documenting the lives of people with Down syndrome.

Photo by Emilio Valdes Espinosa
Photo by Emilio Valdes Espinosa

To do this, Emilio relies on his understanding of human nature as well as his great adaptability, which he demonstrates to us with his images.

These photos reflect values that really show us that we are all more similar than different.

Emilio’s work is an appeal for the non-exclusion of people needing affection as much as understanding.

The latest stage of his work is being exhibited at the Montillo Gallery, in the historic city center of Old Havana, as part of the 2009 Mental Health Biennial.

Click on the thumbnails to see all the photos in this gallery


One thought on “Sketches by Cuban Photographers

  • Photo-feature by Elio Delgado,
    I like your fotos very much. I also like the fact that everyone is loved and accepted. I too like Photography.
    Bob Cowdery
    Spokane, WA

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