Alain Cabrera Fernandez, Alejandro Alfonso, Alexandra Majerus, Andrés Riusech, Arien Chang, Arnaldo Labrada, Carlos Alberto Bastón Chils, Dany del Pino Rodriguez, Guillermo Corral, Leonor Menes, Nelson Ramirez de Arellano Conde, Nestor Marti, Ricardo Miguel Hernandez, Rigoberto ‘Chacho’ Oguendo, Sergio Romero Valdés, William Ferrer Martinez and Yanahara Mauri Villarreal
In late November 2017, Image Threads Collective conducted an intensive four day photobook workshop at the Fototeca de Cuba – the national photography museum. We worked closely with a group of students to provide a detailed analysis of their individual projects, and bagan to lay the foundations of developing these projects in the physical form of the book. Daily, we conducted group discussions, photo editing exercises, and direct 1-on-1 feedback sessions. Students hopefully left the workshop with a heightened understanding of both how the photobook itself can function, as well as how to develop and produce a photobook dummy of their own body of work.
The Fototeca de Cuba was created in 1986 to preserve, study and promote the country’s photographic patrimony and create a space for the promotion of international photography. The Fototeca is an archive with a vast and valuable collection of documents; it is also a museum with the widest and most valuable collection of Cuban photography known and it functions as a gallery with rooms for temporary exhibitions in which works that do not belong to the permanent collection are generally exhibited. Another important function of the Fototeca is its educational role. The institution regularly holds conferences, courses and workshops – both practical and theoretical – on a national level but also sometimes with foreign guests. The Fototeca is responsible for promoting Cuban photography abroad while at the same time putting the Cuban public in contact with photography from other countries. Finally, it is important to highlight the Fototeca’s work in the promotion of young talent both within and outside the country, its support for the development of national photography, its support for national and provincial events and its awarding of prizes in photography competitions held in Cuba. The Fototeca is located in an 18th century colonial-style building in Havana’s Plaza Vieja.