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NEW YORK – Michael Shulman on Magnum’s “Cuba 1959” by Burt Glinn
Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm| $6 - $12
Presentation and Book Sale
Magnum Photos’ Michael Shulman discusses “Cuba 1959” by Magnum photographer Burt Glinn. Michael will share and describe the stories behind the incredible photos of the Magnum great, some published for the first time, in this relevant and powerful tome coming out this fall from Reel Art Press. He will discuss the inception of the book, the editing process, and where the work fits in with Burt Glinn’s 50 plus years career. Books will be available at a special discount for ASPP members and guests.
“New Year’s Eve, 1958, 10pm: Magnum photographer Burt Glinn is at a black tie party in New York when he hears news that dictator Fulgencio Batista has fled Cuba. By 7am the next morning, Glinn is in a cab in Havana, saying, “Take me to the revolution.”
Such photojournalistic fervour allowed Glinn to be in the middle of the action to capture the Cuban Revolution as it unfolded on the ground. As Glinn said, “I could get up as close as I wanted.” His magnificent photographs convey the revolutionary idealism, mayhem and excitement of that moment in history. The book includes some of Glinn’s most iconic Cuban photographs, as well as unseen shots, in both black and white and colour. From gunshots being fired, confusion on the streets, the rounding up of the Batista Secret Police, spontaneous gatherings, embracing revolutionaries returning home to mothers, and, of course, Fidel Castro’s triumphant entrance into Havana.
Glinn is famously quoted as saying, “I think that what you’ve got to do is discover the essential truth of the situation, and have a point of view about it.” This amazing volume celebrates his ability to do just that.
More information: Check out the Reel Art Press release about the book.
Michael Shulman, Director of Publishing, Broadcast and Film at Magnum Photos, and co-editor of “Cuba 1959”, will discuss the inception of the book, the editing process, and where the work fits in with Burt Glinn’s 50 plus years career. He has been with Magnum since 2002, and has worked at several major photo agencies since 1993. He is also a consultant for Reel Art Press. “Cuba 1959” is the first in a series of books of Burt Glinn’s work to be published by Reel Art Press.