Cuba Forbidden Fruit – Photo Exhibition

Jul 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page News, Sugar Loaf BLOG

Cuba CoverPhotographer Nick Zungoli’s interest in exotic world travel began when he bought his first camera while hitchhiking through Europe in 1972. Since opening his Exposures Gallery in the Art and Craft hamlet of Sugar Loaf over thirty years ago, his wanderlust has taken him to many destinations. In March, 2013, Nick added Cuba to a long list of photo projects. Via private car, taxi and bus, he made his way from vibrant Havana to the western tobacco region around Viñales as well as Trinidad, the oldest settlement in the “New World.” The artist shares his visual impressions from the month long visit in his latest special exhibit and in conjunction has published “CUBA | Forbidden Fruit”, a limited edition coffee table book.

Cuba presents many interesting and unique opportunities for a photographer. The embargo and subsequent Russian period of influence that ruined the country economically has created a culture lost in time. Not only are the cars from a bygone era, surprisingly a majority of the population still relies on horse and ox. Nature has not been ravaged by industrialization, the sort that wreaked havoc on America’s rivers during the 1950’s and 60’s. There are no multinationals or big box stores to homogenize the city or landscape.

“For the first time in my thirty year career as a ‘color’ photographer I have chosen to present a body of work in black and white.” The gritty textures of Havana, the people, retro cars and culture seem to predate color film. Black and white photography strips away distractions and bites deep into the unadorned subject matter.

Internationally recognized and the Hudson Valley’s pre-eminent landscape photographer, Nick Zungoli’s work has been widely collected since 1979 when he opened Exposures Gallery. To date he has sold over 50,000 original prints to a long list of patrons and his work graces the corporate walls of many private and public institutions. A contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times and Popular Photography magazine, he has produced numerous exhibitions and books from his extensive travels.

Exhibit extended through February 1, 2015

Exposures Gallery
1357 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY


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