"OVER THE YEARS PICTURES OF CUBA HAVE BOTH REVEALED AND OBFUSCATED, IGNORED SOCIAL CALAMITY AND CHALLENGED IT, FOUND MEANING IN SHAMELESS BEAUTY AND BEAUTY IN SHAMEFUL MEANING." - ROBERTO ARMENGOL
Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. He has received a number of awards and grants, which include a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994. He was the recipient of the International Center of Photography 2011 Infinity award in Art.His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Recent publications include a limited edition book by The Museum of Modern Art in New York of his Cliché Verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks.
Sam Abell is a teacher, artist, and photographer who learned photography from his father, also a teacher, at their home in Sylvania, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Kentucky Sam worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer for thirty-three years. In 1990, his work was the subject of a one-person exhibition and monograph titled 'Stay This Moment' at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Since then he has published three collections of his work: Seeing Gardens, Sam Abell: ThePhotographic Life, and The Life of a Photograph. In addition, Sam maintains an international career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography.
Mark Klett is a photographer interested in making new works that respond to historic images; creating projects that explore relationships between time, change and perception; and exploring the language of photographic media through technology. His background includes working as a geologist before turning to photography. Klett has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. Klett’s work has been exhibited and published in the United States and internationally for over thirty-five years, and his work is held in over eighty museum collections worldwide. He is the author/co-author of fifteen books. He is Regents’ Professor of Art at Arizona State University.
Cig Harvey grew up in the deep valleys of Devon in the UK, and came to the States for her MFA in 1999. Harvey's work is widely exhibited and remains in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Cig's first monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency, was named one of PDNʼs Best Books of the Year 2012. Cig's had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in conjunction with the release. Her second monograph, Gardening at Night, was published in conjunction with solo shows at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston and Paul Kopeiken Gallery, Los Angeles. Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world.
For over four decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From celebrity portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession. Greg's work documents that peculiar obsession of the 21st century celebrity. His work has been seen in national magazine features and covers, including Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Time, Vanity Fair, and the London Sunday Times. Although he studied photojournalism in college, his passion for rock-and-roll led him to his chosen field when he photographed Jimi Hendrix in 1968. Over the past 30 years, Gorman's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including a recent vernissage at the Helmut Newton Museum in Berlin. As well, Gorman shares his expertise in hands-on photographic workshops worldwide, most notably his personal workshops at his studio in Northern California.
Ross McDermott started his career in the media world with the American Festivals Project, his 2-year project funded by National Geographic that documents small, hidden, and bizarre festivals across the United States. His love for travel, people, and the arts has taken him around the world producing stories in both commercial and documentary formats. "Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans" is his first feature-length documentary under his production company Surface Below Media. Ross lives with his wife in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Skip Klein fell in love with photography as a boy when he saw an image magically appear for the first time in the Dektol in the Friends School darkroom. At the age of 13, he traded in all twelve Cross Pen & Pencil sets he received as gifts for his Bar Mitzvah for his first camera, a compact Rollei 35mm. Skip is now focusing on environmental portraiture and documentary street photography.
Skip is the architect of the 2014 project, Cuban Footsteps, that brought together world-renowned photographers to Cuba to reinterpret and rediscover Walker Evans' work from 1933. Apart from the beautiful and timely collection of images produced from the project, Skip is responsible for producing the film that documents the project, highlighting five photographers while interweaving the work and life of Evans.
Dimitri is a mean machine with After Effects, Cinema 4D, color grading, and voiceovers. His work takes him from designing national fundraiser campaigns for UVa, to music videos about Sharkanoes!
Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans is born out of a project formed in 2014 by photographer, Skip Klein. While the film focuses on five photographers from the group, the "Cuban Footsteps" project gathered more than 20 photographers--amateurs and professionals, Cubans and Americans--to reinterpret and rediscover Evans' Cuba work from 1933.
The full photographic results of the project can be found on CubanFootsteps.com