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

Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Boy hanging upside down, Trinidad, panoramic

Boy hanging upside down, Trinidad, 2005
Gelatin Silver Print
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, interior, shirt hanging, Havana, panoramic

Interior with shirt hanging, Havana, 2002
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, wrestlers, beach, Havana, panoramic

Young wrestlers, Havana, 2003
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​13 x 20 in.

Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, tu aporte es decisivo, Havana, panoramic

Tu aporte es decisivo, Havana, 2003
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​13 x 20 in.

Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, car, Havana, panoramic

Patrially shrouded car, Havana, 2004
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, children, micky mouse, minnie, Havana, panoramic

Children, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse, Viñales, 2003
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​13 x 20 in.

Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, family, porch, Vinales, panoramic

Family on the porch, Viñales, 2002
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Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, gas masks, Havana, panoramic

Gas masks, Havana, 2002
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​13 x 20 in.

Ernesto Bazan, Cuba, Isla, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, che, guevera, Vinales, panoramic

Che and fashion girls, Viñales, 2003
Gelatin Silver Print
​13 x 20 in.