Much thanks to Alyssa Coppelman for her wonderful article and interview in Featureshoot on The New Promised Land, my documentary project on Los Israelitas, an evangelical group living deep in the Amazon rain forest. Thanks also to Photolucida Critical Mass where Alyssa saw the first stage of this work in 2013, and to Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, where twelve prints from this project are on display until August 30. Most importantly, thanks to my friend Ernesto Bazan, whose adventurous spirit help to make this project possible.
A Sabbath Prayer
My copy of ISLA by Ernesto Bazan arrived this morning and I’m amazed by its beauty. The book, the last part of Bazan’s Cuban Trilogy, contains 83 black and white panoramic photographs taken during the many years he lived and worked in Cuba. The images are presented in a subtle yet compelling sequence which is augmented by occasional salient quotes. There is also a ten-page essay and interview by Marlaine Glicksman that provides an insightful capstone to Bazan’s Cuban Trilogy.
The 182 page large format book, 17 by 10 inches, has a lovely linen cover, letterpress title and inset print. The paper and print quality are among the finest I’ve seen anywhere. The limited edition copies come with a sturdy presentation box, covered in the same manner as the book, and a signed silver gelatin fiber print.
Copies of ISLA, as well as the first two books of the trilogy, Bazan Cuba (2008) or Al Campo (2011), are available directly from Bazan Photos Publishing.