Rural Cuban Portraits

By Elio Delgado

HAVANA TIMES, July 8 -To make a portrait is to bring out what is hidden inside. It is to capture a look, a smile or grimace, without posing. This means doing so with images, not what people say, but capturing all they have to say: their life, their story, their happiness and hardships, their tasks.

Generally, you get the portrait after sharing time with people for a few days, sometimes much longer – and there it is, with all its sensitivity and the subjectivity.

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One thought on “Rural Cuban Portraits

  • July 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm
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    Elio Delgado, These “Rural Cuban Portraits” were super great.”
    I ¡hope! I will be able to visit the Rural Part of Cuba when it is legal for me to visit Cuba. I am interested in seeing all of Cuba, not just Havana. I am 80+ Perhaps I will be able to have my picture taken with others that are my age. I have lived in Eastern North Carolina where bright leaf tobacco is grown. In the beginning tobacco was hand cut and put up in tobacco- barns to dry. Now a lot of the work was done by machines.
    The world knows that Cuba grows tobacco and makes the best Cigars in the world. Again I am interested In visiting all of Cuba. Meanwhile I will be learning Spanish 5 days a week at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA USA
    Su amigo Robert Cowdery (Bob)

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