Biography

Ernesto Bazan’s black-and-white photographs, from the vivid street life he captured in the first years after his arrival in Cuba in 1992, to the contemplative panoramic images of ISLA  taken in the years just prior to his departure in 2006, documents one of the most complex times for the island country.  Yet, grounded in warmth, and borne from the artist’s deeply treasured connection with the people of Cuba, the series conveys the heady, erratic energy through the lens of an insider.

Bazan is the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant; Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography; Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize at Duke University, NC; and the World Press Photo award; as well as fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  In 2009, his book “Bazan Cuba” was awarded Book of the Year at the New York Photo Festival, and his panoramic series ISLA  was published for the first time in 2014.

SELECT COLLECTIONS
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL
Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia, Turin, Italy
Musée Réattu, Arles, France

Bazan Cuba

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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Regla, coffee, thin, couple, elders, Special Period

Waiting for coffee, Regla, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, fisherman, fish, Havana, Special Period

Fisherman with fish, Havana, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Santiago de las Vegas, Saint Lazarus, devotee, candles, Special Period

Devotee offering candles to Saint Lazarus, Santiago de las Vegas, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Havana, New Year, pig, piglet, Special Period

New Year roasted piglet, Havana, 1994
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Havana, Fidel, Castro, patria, muerte, Special Period

Patria o Muerte, Havana, 1996
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, altar, Fidel, Castro, Havana, Special Period

Santeria altar, Havana, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, man selling newspapers, Havana, Special Period

Man selling Granma newspapers, Havana, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, children, playing, bubbles, Havana, Special Period

Children playing with soap bubbles, Havana, 1998
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, children, playing, balloons, Havana, Special Period

Children playing with balloons, Havana, 1998
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, girls, holding hands, Havana, Special Period

Girls holding hands, Havana, 1998
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, slow dancing, Havana, Special Period

Slow dancing, Havana, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Afro-cuban, dancers, Havana, Special Period

Afro-cuban dancers, Havana, 1996
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, dominoes, Havana, Special Period

Playing dominoes, Havana, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Dive, Havana, swimming pool, Special Period

Dive, Havana, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Remedios, Gynecologist, fetal, Special Period

Gynecologist listening to fetal heartbeat, Remedios, 1996
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Remedios, Special Period

Cock-fighting arena, Remedios, 1995
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Malecon, Havana, Special Period

Boys jumping off the Malecón, Havana, 1996
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, clown, Havana, Special Period

Clown, Havana, 1998
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, musicians, trumpet, Havana, Special Period

Musicians rehearsing, Havana, 1998
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Bazan, Troops, Los Palacios, Special Period

Special Troops, Los Palacios, 2000
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