El cubano se ofrece (The Cuban is Offered). Photographs by Iván Cañas. Designed by designed by Raúl Martínez and Héctor Villaverde. Preface by Reynaldo Gonzalez. Ediciones Unio´n,Havana, 1982. Unpaged. Quarto (11.5 x 8.5 in./29 x 21.5 cm.) Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
Iván Cañas has been one of the leading Cuban documentary photographers for the last 40 years; this is his undisputed classic. A retrospective of his work opened on Janurary 18 at Cuban American Phototheque Foundation in Miami.
"Overtly influenced by Robert Frank and the best U.S. documentary photography, Cañas and Martínez designed one of the first auteur books of Cuban photography. Martínez presented a maquette of the initial draft to the Cuban Book Institute director’s office. After an enthusiastic initial reception came the rejection: the proposed photo-essay was considered a 'pessimistic, nostalgic and defeatist vision' of Cubans...in August, 1970, on TV, Fidel acknowledged the failure of the sugar cane harvest and proclaimed a new slogan “Turning setbacks into victory.” He invited his fellow countrymen to a carnival, which to this day remains unforgettable. Photographic images, however, could not convey so much as a trace of ambiguity. The project of El Cubano se ofrece would be postponed for more than a decade..."--excerpt from El Cubano se Ofrece, 40 Years Later by Grethel Morell Otero and Abelardo Mena
Good in Very Good dust jacket; tropical climate with no air conditioning equals foxing--here, it is heaviest on boards with some scattered internally; images are mostly unaffected. Jacket is complete worn and rubbed with only slight loss to front panel; moderate abrasion to extremities; small tears at crown of spine.