Vanishing Cuba by Michael Chinnici celebrates a soulful, forgotten country

Vanishing Cuba by Michael Chinnici
(Image credit: Vanishing Cuba by Michael Chinnici)

Vanishing Cuba is the accumulation of 24 trips to Cuba by New York-based photographer, creative director and designer Michael Chinnici. In his latest storytelling photo book, Chinnici documents the people, places and social unrest that make up this charming but half-forgotten country. During his travels, Chinicci has explored the bustling vibrant cities of Havana in the north, to Trinidad in the south to the quiet unexplored rural towns such as Güira de Melena that lie between.

The book is a mixture of high-resolution color and black and white photos plus beautifully written photo essays inspired by Chinnici's Cuban friends. All text appears in both English and Spanish, yet again showing the love Chinnici has for Cuba and its language. Split into 12 photo-led chapters as well as several chapters on the author, technical details and acknowledgments the book is incredibly well-thought-out and easy to absorb in just a few sittings. Throughout the book, Chinnici explores themes of hope, kindness, sacrifice, resilience, pride and change in an extremely thorough observation of Cuba and its people. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.