The Best Photography Books of the Year PhotoEspana 2009
Accidentally stumbling upon a forgotten out of the way community of tobacco farmers in Pinar del Río Province, Bank lived and worked over a six-year period with ten families who had no modern conveniences. Working against obstacles from Cuba and the US, with her Leica camera, she has achieved what no outsider or Cuban photographer has been able to do. She has produced the only known monograph that deals exclusively with the ordinary life of Cuban farmers. Taking the raw, simple, ordinary details, she has created a poetic portrait of daily life of campesinos. The rainbow of human relationships and emotions extends beyond the island of Cuba and challenges the viewer to explore the universal enigma of the human condition.