Photography Exhibition— Cuba: The Natural Beauty

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[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] “Cuba: The Natural Beauty” is a photography exhibit by Clyde Butcher. It will be on view November 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 at the Glenn Hubert Library at the Biscayne Bay Campus, Florida International University.

Clyde Butcher’s “Cuba: The Natural Beauty” is an exhibit of photos and interpretive material from the UNESCO funded trip of Clyde Butcher and an expedition team that traversed the mountains and coastline of Cuba for the Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountains. This event is free and open to all. To RSVP, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cuban-photography-of-clyde-butcher-opening-reception-and-discussion-tickets-24634118311

Description: Clyde Butcher’s powerful black and white photographs explore his personal bond with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. For more than fifty years, he has been preserving on film the untouched areas of the landscape. For four months, “Cuba: The Natural Beauty,” an exhibition of his work, done in conjunction with the United Nations Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountains, will be on display at the Glenn Hubert Library on the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University.

Butcher’s images are captured with large format cameras that use 8”x 10,” 11”x 14,” and 12”x 20” negatives, with exposures that are sometimes as long as an hour. The handmade, darkroom developed photographic prints range in sizes from 8×10 inches to 5×8 feet. These techniques allow him to express the elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the intricacy of the Cuban landscape.

When asked what transforms a photograph into art, Butcher responds with a smile, “That’s the million dollar question. I think it’s obviously the person behind the camera who creates the art. In any form of art, you go from a craftsman to an artist. There is a point when that happens. It’s a mystery. Art does not come from fancy equipment. It comes from a way of seeing the world.”

As we seek to bring more arts and educational opportunities such as this presentation to the Glenn Hubert Library on FIU’s Biscayne Bay campus of FIU, we ask that you help support our efforts. Those who make a donation of $100 or more will receive one personalized, signed copy of Clyde Butcher’s book: “Cuba: The Natural Beauty,” which will be available for pick-up at the reception.

The exhibition will open on November 1 with a panel session, a reception, book signing event and artist talk.

Panel Session: 11am

Reception & Book Signing: 6pm

Artist Talk: 7:00pm

For more information, please contact Ashley Garcia at asnigarc@fiu.edu or 305.348.6269.

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