National Geographic Photo Exhibition Opens in Havana

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By: Patricia Cáceres and Randy García

La Habana, Dec 27 (Juventud Rebelde) Even the least sensitive eyes could see this exhibition is like no other. The 50 best images of the National Geographic magazine – which have been on display in the last few days in the Fototeca de Cuba -, is more than an exhibition of unquestionable artistic value is a brief trip through amazing natural landscapes and an exaltation of the purest ecological and humanist feelings.

From the enchantment of an unforgiving landscape to the severity of a refugee camp in Afghanistan, these 50 images depicting moments of the 20th and 21st century were taken by prominent photographers such as Steve McCurry, Emory Kristof, Bruce Dale and Joanna B. Pinneo.

National Geographic representative in charge of the exploration, restoration and conservation, Fabio Esteban Amador, reminded during the opening that National Geographic was first Publisher in 1888 to provide information about explorations as well as photos  and world geography, among other topics.

Cuba’s presence in the magazine dates back to 1906, he says, when a topographic map of the island was published in its pages. It was included again in February 1928 when aviator Charles Lindbergh arrived in Havana in his famous airplane Spirit of St. Louis. Its latest appearance was in 2012 when the magazine published a picture taken by Daniel Torres Etayo, who was chosen newcomer explorer by the National Geography Society.

“Coming back to Cuba feels like the natural thing to do for us,” says Amador. He added that they are looking forwards to this event to open new spaces to have contact with Cuban explorers, researchers and scientist and in turn this is an opportunity for the public to see the world through our magazine, he said.

The 50 images are the result of a readers’ poll made by the magazine in 2005. “Every person has different ways of seeing the world, the space and nature. This exhibition includes perspectives that have accumulated from the voice that reads, sees and represents the work of National Geographic, he says.”

The exhibition will be on display in the Fototeca de Cuba until January 13 before it moves to the Visual Arts School at the Higher Institute of Arts and to a tour through several provinces.

“We intend to take this exhibition countrywide so that all people can see the pictures that show the weaknesses as well as the beauty of Earth through images that have captivated the human spirit as well as that of nature,” said Amador.

National Geographic representative and archaeologist Daniel Torres Etayo, one of the organizers of the exhibition, expressed his hope that more exhibitions like this one will come to Cuba in the future.

“National Geographic has around 90 exhibitions travelling around the world. We’re now trying to bring some of these exhibitions to Cuba,” he announced.

“The organization does everything they can to bring countries closer through spaces like this. There are many things they risk as an organization by coming to Cuba, and we’re really grateful for that. However; they have expressed their desire to continue with this collaboration.”

Translated by ESTI