A beautiful new book titled CUBA THEN featuring rare and classic Cuban images from the Ramiro A. Fernández Collection will be released on April 15, 2014.
The book is a tribute to Cuba’s glamorous past through hundreds of vintage Cuban photographs and ephemera.
Cuba before Castro was defined by boundless tourism and vibrant nightlife. From the streets of Havana to the back roads of rural towns, Cuban life was a heady mix of music, dancing, sports, gambling, politics, and struggle.
Cuba Then celebrates the intensely colorful culture that photography collector Ramiro A. Fernández remembers from his youth. From the earliest daguerreotypes to glamorous shots of movie stars, a century of the country’s history is represented by a rich spectrum of personalities: race-car driving aristocrats, sultry showgirls, gangsters, everyday folk, and revolutionaries who would soon transform the nation, including Fidel Castro and Che Guevera. An introduction by Fernández shares his early memories of Cuba and details how his love of collecting vintage Cuban photographs began.
Through a foreword and poems, Richard Blanco, the Cuban-American poet chosen to speak at President Obama’s second inauguration, meditates on the romantic legacy of old Cuba.
A dynamic collage of images, experiences, and memories, Cuba Then presents the glamour and the grit of the island’s tumultuous history, through a collection that passionately preserves traces of a lost homeland.
Born in Havana, Ramiro A. Fernández is the author of I Was Cuba, a former photography editor at Time, Inc., and the owner of more than 3,000 vintage Cuban photographs.
Richard Blanco is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry, including Looking for The Gulf Motel.
ISBN 978-1-58093-383-4 • $40.00 hardcover
288 pages • 7-1/4 x 9-3/8 inches • 285 color illustrations
The Monacelli Press