Ever since Fidel Castro came to power as the leader of Cuba's communist regime in 1959, Havana has remained all but impenetrable to the outside world....

Like the structures he photographs, Engels uses a timeless approach to the artistic and technical aspect of his work. He uses a Sinar camera with a 4 x 5 inch format, standing under a darkening cloth, just as photographers did a century ago. Using a Polaroid image to feel and see the light, Engels takes a single shot of each building. The images were taken in 1997 and 1999.

The buildings and streetscapes depicted in Havana speak to us of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. They are resonant with history, and with culture, and they tell us a story that is not really about architecture at all, but one of change and immutability, of despair and hope.


....Beth Dunlop/HAVANA the photography of Hans Engels


This is a travelling exhibition. If you are interested in the project...contact Hans Engels. It shows 20 colourphotographs 60/80cm framesize and one Tryptichon 213/60cm.



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Palacio Ursulinas

Alberto de Armas residence

Cuban Telephone Company

La Moderna Poesia bookstore

Cinema Cuba

Casa de Dámasco Guitiérrez Cano

Apartment building

Apartment Building on Malecón

City residence

Olan Tower Building

Julio Alvarez residence

Row houses on Malecón, Triptychon

Villa in Vibora

Herminia García residence