Cuban Photography by Andrew Moore, A Perfect Coffee Table Book

Cuban photography by Andrew Moore is a little different to your typical cuban tourist photographs of vintage cars, Varadero beaches and people smoking cigars.

Moore’s cuban photography goes beneath the surface

Moore captures scenes that the average tourist probably wouldn’t see unless they ventured away from the predictable tourist traps – this is what drew me to his work.

Moore wanted to produce the collection for native Cubans to help them re/appreciate much of what they have been unable to, artistically.

I bought the book before I visited Cuba for the first time, to give me a fuller sense of the different faces of Cuba.

Cuba by Andrew Moore is a large paged hard back coffee table book filled with beautiful nostalgic shots that seem to pull you into the life and history of Cuba – the mood is reflective and thoughtful.

Moore talks about the ‘silence’ that screams from some of his pictures – I’d say it’s a stunned silence that forces you to stop and ponder, wonder and take in a moment of time gone by.

Stop and absorb a diminishing beauty or just simply a snapshot of the minute or the hour.

Andrew Moore: Mayito, el barbero, La Libertad, Camaguey, 2000

The book

Large format photographs really help to convey the mood and depth of each image.

Moore’s pictures capture a mixture of the majesty, simplicity, beauty, humility, grandeur and decay of Cuba.

Value for money?

To draw us in even deeper to each piece of cuban photography, I would have really liked to see Moore give fuller descriptions and background about each individual picture and the people within each one.

Nobody can deny that Cuba is immensely photogenic, and I’d challenge anyone to visit Cuba and not feel compelled to give the camera a really good run.

I love coffee table and photography books filled with huge glossy pages, and never tire of flicking through beautiful or thought provoking photography – this one was a very worthy addition to my collection.

Cuba by Andrew Moore: Caneros, Las Tunas 1999
Andrew Moore: La casa de vicenta Aguila Borges, El Vedado, 2000

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