The Grady Alexis Gallery at Taller Latino Americano is pleased to announce Images of CUBA: Three Photographers, an exhibition of the photographs of Paul Stetzer, Jay Potter and Paul Typaldos. The works of these artists lifts the veil of a country that not many in the US have had a chance to see.
Travel photographs are often about “otherness”: what is distinct or unique about a place or a person. Subject then becomes object. Travelers bring these found objects home to show friends and family what unusual sights they beheld during their adventures. Unlike this typical model, these three New York-based photographers share one thing in common: a tenderness that draws the subject closer. These travelers are using their cameras to humanely capture images that depict the “vital” and “vibrant” culture they have experienced. The photographic concerns are different enough for viewers to find a unique vision within each artist’s work, yet the narratives flow naturally between them offering a portrait of space and individual that provides insight into a complex and seemingly distant culture.
Jay Potter’s colorful images are well composed, often humorous, often ironic views of Havana. He has photographed throughout Australia, Peru, Spain, the US and Cuba. Paul Stetzer uses his skillful technique to bring the faces Cubans into focus with the friendly air of a well-liked neighbor. His images – landscapes, portraits, and documentaries – have been exhibited in the US, Mexico and Havana. Film-maker/ Photographer, Paul Typaldos, bring together gesture, light and open space that allows the viewer to consider the way that people occupy the environment. Most recently, his images have been shown at the Center for Experimental Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, CA.