REVOLUCION: Five Visions


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The Photographers

Meet the five photographers featured in REVOLUCION: Five Visions. Find out more about their past and current work and exhibitions, and what they have been doing since filming ended.

A headshot of Raúl Corrales

Raúl Corrales

Yes, I am romantic. I have to be romantic to be a photographer. I have to see life in a different way.

One of the world’s foremost documentary photographers, Raúl Corrales was the official photographer "acompagñante" (companion) of Fidel Castro. In 1959 and 1996, he was awarded the highest honor an artist can receive in Cuba: the Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas. His work documenting one of the most revolutionary times in twentieth-century history has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and the United States and is in the permanent collections of museums in the United States, Cuba, Italy and Mexico. Corrales passed away in April 2006.

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A headshot of José Figueroa

José Figueroa

People have always said that photographs don’t lie, which we now know isn’t true. And perhaps if, in some of my photos, what’s outside the photo is more important than what’s in it, that interests me a lot. Perhaps that’s my way of saying certain things.

José Figueroa began his career in 1964 as Alberto Korda's assistant before becoming a photographer in his own right. Considered a transitional figure between photojournalists and later photographers who use the medium as a means of personal artistic expression, Figueroa has exhibited in over 18 countries, including his recent “Shifting Tides” exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has work in permanent collections in Cuba, the United States, Mexico and France.

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A headshot of Rogelio “Gory” López Marin

Rogelio “Gory” López Marin

Every photographer his own way of seeing reality. I try to create my own vision of reality.

After his training as a painter at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Rogelio “Gory” López Marin’s surreal photographic images were twice featured at the Havana Biennial. He has had several solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Latin America and Canada, and his work is in over a dozen permanent collections across the globe, including in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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René Peña

An image can be a phrase or a chapter, or it can be a whole book—an entire novel—or a complete fiction.

René Peña photographs his own body to comment on contemporary issues of identity, racism and sexual ambiguity. His work is featured in permanent collections in Cuba, the United States, Italy, Germany and Belgium and was recently featured in the “Shifting Tides” exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the “Cuba on the Verge” exhibit at the International Center for Photography in New York.

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Manuel Piña

Photography can say anything about a given event. It’s all in how you manipulate it. I’m a manipulator. I manipulate reality and fantasize about it.

Trained as an engineer in the former Soviet Union, Manuel Piña turned to photography in the early 1990s. His starkly beautiful and highly conceptual imagery examines utopia and history has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York, Italy, Canada and Havana and in group exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and the United States, including the “Shifting Tides” exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the “Cuba on the Verge” exhibit at the International Center for Photography in New York.

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