“Havana, once tasted, is an irresistible drug”. So writes our Marzena in her introduction to a small but perfectly formed book of her photographs of Cuba’s particular sort of vibrant yet melancholy beauty. A photographer who more usually works in monochrome, she found in Havana that “colour was not only my medium but my subject too.”
Feather artwork was made for over 2000 years in the Andean world, from the pre-Hispanic period to the mid 16th century, when the Spanish conquerors, fearful of sorcery, destroyed feather artefacts whenever possible. Surviving pieces are scattered in museums around the world and have never been approached as a significant body of material culture till now. Reid’s book is a tremendous scholarly effort that covers the chronology of these pieces, their characteristics, design, construction, cultural milieu and significance of motifs, and is gorgeously illustrated too. This large format book is cloth bound and comes in a slipcase.
An account of a workingmen’s malambo competition in rural Argentina; to win is the highest honour for any dancer, and also the end of his career. A compelling piece of reportage by a prominent Argentinian journalist, whose plain story telling bursts to electrifying life when the first chords are played on a guitar “like a torrent of threats”, evocative of the years of austere dedication that precede a dancer’s five incandescent minutes on stage.