SVA alumnus Ernesto Bazan (BFA 1982 Photography) was featured in TIME magazine’s LightBox recently for his latest self-published book of photography, Al Campo (BazanPhotos Publishing, 2011).
The book offers a realistic view of life in Cuba, focusing primarily on the strong sense of unity and compassion between residents of the country. Bazan was taken by this during the 14 years he spent living and teaching photography workshops on the island before he was forced to leave by the government.
“There is a lot of daily life taking place on the streets,” Bazan said. “Neighbors talk to one another if they need a favor, if they need some matches or garlic and the exchange of several things.”
In order to publish Al Campo, Bazan reached out to the students he’d taught in Cuba. In response, more than 50 of them contributed both their talent and funds to help him get his book out to the world.
“It was a great privilege for me because I think I’m the only one with this incredible student support,” Bazan said. “Basically, I feel that, thanks to giving all of myself, I’ve been getting so much back.”
For the entire article and more photos, visit TIME.