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Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, "I Was Cuba" is a riveting and original look at Cuban history seen through the collection of Ramiro Fernandez, the world's largest archive of Cuban photos and ephemera. Spanning vernacular and exceedingly rare images from the nineteenth century through the revolutionary period, "I Was Cuba" showcases the everyday, the eccentric, and the unknown. It includes text from famed Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas ("Before NightFalls") and an interview with Ramiro Fernandez by People en Espanol editor Peter Castro.
Kevin Kwan is a book packager and creative consultant who has created projects with some of the world's leading artists, designers, publishers, and institutions. He has been involved in the creation of numerous acclaimed visual books, including (un)Fashion by Tibor + Maira Kalman, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, and Spectacle by David Rockwell with Bruce Mau. In 2004, he produced Presenting Celia Cruz, the celebrated photography tribute to Cuba's "Queen of Salsa." Peter Castro was named managing editor of People en Espanol in 2006. Prior to joining People en Espanol, Castro worked at sister publication People magazine, most recently serving as executive editor overseeing entertainment coverage. Ramiro Fernandez was born in Havana to a family involved in the pharmaceutical industry. He left Cuba in 1960, settling first in Palm Beach County and then in New York, where he was a photography editor at Time Inc. for 25 years, working for such titles as Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, People, and People En Espanol. Fernandez first began to collect at the suggestion of his grandmother, who foresaw the coming turmoil and urged him to collect images of a Cuba that was fast disappearing. As a witness to the revolution in his youth, Fernandez's consuming passion has been to build a collection that can serve as a testament to the Cuba he remembers."
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