Photography Series: Ernesto Bazan

Ernesto Bazan / Cuba 1992-2016

          Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM  

One night only: screening & talk
Ernesto Bazan in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson

In the fall of 1992, I made my first trip to Cuba. For many years I had strongly desired Cuba, as if longing for a woman that you can’t get out of your mind. The island completely changed my life: there I met my future life-companion Sissy and we became the proud parents of our twin boys Pietro and Stefano. In Cuba I was a happy man and felt like home. It seemed like I had traveled back in time to the Sicily of my happy childhood.
I spent fourteen years living on the island until one day I was told by the Cuban authorities that I could no longer teach my photographic workshops. On the 4th of July, 2006, my family and I were forced to leave. I thought I’d never return, considering that I had become persona non grata.
But thanks to a dream Sissy had, on July 13th, 2016, I returned after a 10-year absence.
Ernesto Bazan was born in Palermo, on the island of Sicily in Italy in 1959. At the age of 19, he went to New York to study photography at the School of Visual Arts from where he graduated in 1982. Bazan has published several books: The Perpetual Past, Passing Through, The First Twenty Years, Island, Molo Nord.
From 1992 to 2006, he lived and photographed the island of Cuba documenting the unique time in Cuban history called The Special Period. This body of work has given him the privilege to win some of the world most prestigious photographic awards among them The W. Eugene Smith grant; the Mother Jones Foundation for Photojournalism, the Dorothea Lang Paul Taylor prize at Duke University, N.C., the World Press Photo and two fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photography. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

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