Paolo Gasparini

Gorizia, Italy, 1934
  • Date: 
    1961-1965 (circa) / Vintage print
  • Technique: 
    Gelatin silver print and typing on paper, glued and crewed
  • Descriptive technique: 
    A book dummy made up of 53 cards with photographs and texts and 9 typed sheets
  • Dimensions: 
    Box: 24,5 x 35,5 x 6 cm / Album: 23,5 x 35 x 4,8 cm
  • Edition/serial number: 
    Unique copy
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  • Donation of the author, 2016

Paolo Gasparini’s dummy Cuba corresponds to a photobook project he was initially going to publish in France with the collaboration of writer Armand Gatti but which would ultimately remain unpublished. Between 1961 and 1965, Gasparini lived in Cuba, where he worked for the newspaper Revolución and the National Council for Culture. As well as photographing Cuban architecture, he worked on documentary recordings with a narrow-gauge camera, compiling images with ideological and social content which portrayed the early years of the Cuban Revolution. Gasparini’s style and philosophy drew strongly from the figure of Paul Strand and the photographs of Robert Frank and William Klein.