To stroll the streets of Cubato hear the rumbling engines of its 1950s automobiles, the jazz, and the rumbais to travel back in time, to see jaw-dropping natural beauty and the artists, musicians, and folklore of legends.
With access few others have had, Cynthia Carris Alonso has spent twenty years capturing Havana s crumbling, baroque splendor. Her photographs celebrate the dreamy palette of Cubasalmon pink, sky blue, apricot, aqua greenand reveal the contrast between patina homes; peeling stucco apartments; and the great Capitol Building, Havana Cathedral, and Hotel Nacional.
With “Passage to Cuba,” Alonso opens the doors to an exquisite but rarely seen place. So take a stroll along the Malecon seawall; marvel at the dancers with their colorful, ornate costumes; lose yourself in Jose Fuster s spellbinding mosaic designs; or simply relax in the warm sun of the countryside, where the calm, aging fishermen spend their days and where Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea.”
This keepsake volume is a breathtaking tribute to a land with a complex history. It s a lush, vibrant collection of photographs and a road map to use to embark on a remarkable odyssey.
Armed with a camera and access that few Americans have, Cynthia Carris Alonso has spent 20 years capturing Havana’s crumbling, baroque splendor. Her photographs celebrate the dreamy palette of Cuba (salmon pink, sky blue, apricot, aqua green), and reveal the contrast between patina homes;peeling stucco apartments;and the great National Capitol Building, Havana Cathedral, and National Art Schools – where budding artists rival those the world over.