Artist and photographer Cathryn Griffith, who has made more than twenty trips to Cuba since 2003, will recount her personal experiences there as a working photographer and speak about the changes rapidly transforming the island. She will trace the evolution of her photography project, from a few snapshots to a published book and traveling exhibition.
Cathryn’s presentation will take the audience on a visual tour of Havana, where she has established friendships with some of the leading architectural, historical and cultural experts, as well as many artists, musicians and ordinary citizens. By juxtaposing historical colored postcard images of Havana with recent digital color photographs of the same views, Cathryn examines how the most important city in Spanish colonial America developed over several centuries and the extent to which it is being restored and preserved today.
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Cathryn Griffith, an alumna of Wellesley College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, has worked tirelessly to document the history, preservation, and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces. Her work is in the United States Embassy in Cuba, the Getty Research Institute, Boston Public Library, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and several colleges and universities in the United States and Cuba. She has presented her photographs at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Miami Dade College, the Centro Hispano-Americano de Cultura in Havana, and the Havana Bienal, among other places. Her book, Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage was published by W. W. Norton & Company, New York.