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Lesbia Vent Dumois
 

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If photography affirms relations, if it represents the absent, if it offers the image of what it was, if it is an instrument of action, of communication, and even of conscious awareness , if it's memory. it's history , is present turned instantaneously into past, but it's also image for the future , everything ratifies that we must celebrate and enjoy this selection of the Cuban Photo Archive ,that by means of the works of a representative group of Cuban photographers makes possible for us to approach different moments that are already history of our beloved Fidel.

There was not an event that was not recorded, it was the decisive instant for the image hunters, due to the fact that the means were available to them waiting for the penetrating and illuminating look by picking up the essential started to provide autonomy and artistic value to the image.

The triumph of the Revolution generates a deep change in the nation, an explosion that will boost the social commitment, the quest for the renewal, and it will also generate a special sensitivity facing collective participation. It is not by chance then that the daily or periodic press was the one that shows us the first photographs that assumed with responsibility the taking of concrete images, a documental trend that was later described as Cuban epics photography.

That's the moment to which the majority the images at the exposition that we will appreciate correspond, where it is not photographing the other, but oneself, the ideas are shared, a motive that has many looks, and that's the way that the nation's photographic map is composed. Photography was loosing its innocence, it sides by a cause that considers just, takes a clear position, she registers both beauty and conflict, the triumphs and the struggles: from the trenches to the voluntary work sites, from the marches and mass rallies to the memoirs of a trip; the facts where at just a look's reach, turn them into testimonies, into graphical history, in collective memory, was a challenge.

We already know that every photograph is a certificate of presence, like Robert Barthos affirms, and this sample validates this statement, the peculiar style of each artist was given to their works trough the look, the contrast, the framing, the use of the portrait, the natural and human landscape of every day life and even to the tenderness of having to face the themes that give a very special character to those groups in which each one is different from the other , but at the same time complement .



Speaking about the value of the images of that epoch, Fidel himself stated during a conversation sustained in the year 2000 with some of the photographers that are represented here at his exposition, that thanks to you we exist, and today in this tribute, we are meeting to return the compliment. Health to you Comandante that thanks to you to your commitment we exist.

Lesbia Vent Dumois