An exhibition by American and Cuban photographers 

October 27 – December 8, 2011
Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 27, 7– 9 pm
Artist Lecture:  José Manuel Fors, Thursday, October 27, 6 pm

Lecture:  Room 1501, Foothill College
Reception:  Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College

Ron Herman,; 650.949.7082
Lori Thomas,; 650.949.7258

The upcoming exhibit, Cuba in Focus: An exhibition by American and Cuban photographers, captures the creative spirit of Cuban culture and its allure for photographers.  The American and Cuban photographs will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) Gallery, Foothill College, October 27 through December 8, 2011.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 27, 7–9 pm, preceded by a lecture from Cuban photographic artist Jose Manuel Fors, 6 -7 pm Room 1501.

During two, two-week trips to Cuba led by Foothill photographic artist Ron Herman, the American photographers, all who are associated with Foothill College, captured images of Cuban life.  On the second trip, they had the privilege of working closely with Havana photographers.  The exhibit features the work of eleven American photographers in conjunction with images from seven Cuban photographers.  “In my selection of images,” explains curator Laura Oliphant, “My aim is to communicate the richness and vibrancy of Cuban life while at the same time reflect the conditions that prevail.”

“What made the second trip so unique,” explains Herman, “were the opportunities we had to see Cuba through the eyes of local photographers who took us on photo walks throughout Havana.  What caught their eye, versus what we saw as visiting photographers, was often quite different and illuminating, in both content and technique.   We also had the opportunity to visit several photographers’ homes and view their work.”

Cuba is an island nation of 11 million people, a melting pot of cultures and a country experiencing social and political transition.  For photographers, Cuba provides a rich look into the history and community of peoples largely isolated from modern culture due to the 50-year political divide with the U.S.

As a special addition to the exhibit, internationally-known Cuban photographic artist, José Manuel Fors will present a lecture, José Manuel Fors:  Beyond the Photograph, one hour prior to the opening reception.  Fors, who has mounted major exhibitions in Cuba, Latin America, Europe and the United States, uses photo-based imagery as a support medium for his art work.  One of his installations at Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts was created with 6,000 photographs.

Fors explains, “Art is a universal language. Artists from both countries approach their creation with the same concerns and similar interests. This collaboration between American and Cuban artists is the perfect vehicle for sharing ideas and establishing a flow of communications. We establish a reciprocal dialogue that enriches both parties.”

From the Cuban photographers’ viewpoint, “This artistic and cultural exchange is a wonderful opportunity to show how our photography has evolved in Cuba since the epic times of the ‘60s,” says Jorge Gavilondo.   “We photographed together with common goals,” adds Eduardo Garcia. “Now our American friends can show our reality from their perspective.  For us, it’s important to gain the friendship of people who care about Cuba.”

American exhibitors are:  Katherine Bazak, Mary Bender, Harlan Crowder, Lisa D’Alessandro, Ron Herman, Bob Hills, Mary Ellen Kaschub, Robin Lockner, Laura Oliphant, Cynthia Sun and John Thacker.

Cuban photographers exhibiting are:  Guillermo Bello, Raül Cañibano,  Mario Diaz, José Manuel Fors, Eduardo Garcia, Jorge Gavilondo, and Perfecto Romero.

The lecture will be held in Room 1501 on October 27 at 6 pm; the exhibit is located on the lower level, KCI Gallery at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.  Parking is $2.00. Please park in Lot 3 and bring 8 quarters or 2 dollar bills for parking.  KCI hours of operation are Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 8:30pm; Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Closed on Sunday.  Disable parking in Lot 4-B.

For more information on the exhibit and the experience of photographing in Cuba, view the exhibit blog,

Cuba related events in San Jose, November and December

A second opportunity to celebrate Cuban art is the upcoming exhibit, Cuban Connection: Near and Far, mounted by the Latino arts program, MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana).  Running from November 2 through January 7, the MACLA exhibit focuses on Cuban artists and their collectors.  In conjunction with MACLA programming, Foothill professor Ron Herman will lecture on Cuban Photography: Revolutionary to Contemporary, Thursday, December 1, 7pm at MACLA, 510 South First Street, San Jose.  See  for more information.

Full resolution photos available.
Please contact:   Ron Herman,; 650.949.7082