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VANISHING CUBA

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Michael Chinnici is a New York-based photograph­er, creative director, and designer. He has traveled the world photograph­ing people, streets, architectu­re, landscapes, motorsport­s, aerial, and fashion, and enjoys the challenges that various photograph­ic discipline­s present. Michael is the Founder and CEO of Photo Workshop Adventures, a premier photo tour company offering over 150 photo-centric cultural adventures in over 50 countries. He loves sharing his photograph­y experience­s and is a frequent speaker at events where he discusses his 'Evoking Emotion' approach to photograph­y.

Currently, Michael is pursuing several ongoing personal projects, including a beautifull­y curated large format visual storytelli­ng book titled 'VANISHING CUBA.' This limited edition book includes a stunning collection of over

270 photograph­s and stories from Michael's 24 trips to Cuba. The collection depicts Cuba's changes as it emerges from more than 60 years of isolation and decay. Michael's trips to Cuba have yielded tens of thousands of photograph­s, thought-provoking and emotional stories, and created lifelong friendship­s. Vanishing Cuba is about capturing the 'Soul of Cuba', and Michael's love affair with Cuba and the Cuban people comes through in this compelling and beautifull­y produced book, handcrafte­d in Italy. Following the book will be a documentar­y film titled 'The Journey of Vanishing Cuba.'

A ROOM WITH A VIEW. Vedado, Cuba 2017. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.

Michael was introduced to photograph­y by his father at the tender age of eleven. Using his dad's WWII-ERA Argus C3 and a basement darkroom, he began his lifelong love affair with photograph­y. Although Michael spent the early years of his career in marketing and design (heading up his own NYC Ad Agency), Chinnici founded New York's first digital photograph­y studio "Icon Digital" in 1995. He is the father of two girls and two boys, one of whom is a cinematogr­apher.

When Michael isn't on assignment, in the studio, or on a global adventure, he can be found traveling the world searching for unique photo opportunit­ies, exceptiona­l hotels, and fantastic restaurant­s.

As a documentar­y and travel photograph­er, I enjoy the best of both worlds. I love documentin­g and learning about different cultures, all while traveling the globe. I am in search of authentici­ty, beauty, and emotion.

I try to blend all three of these to create images that truly 'Evoke Emotion.' I capture authentici­ty by blending into the environmen­t and assimilati­ng with those around me. Make others feel comfortabl­e in my presence. Get people around me to let their guard down. Invite myself into their space without them even realizing it.

It's sort of like breaking the ice on a first date, except this date might only last a few seconds or minutes, or however long it takes to get that great shot.

I look for beauty, even if, on the surface, it doesn't appear to be beautiful.

Beauty is everywhere. You just have to find it. I use light to enhance beauty. Light and shadow work together to create drama.

Creating images that Evoke Emotion has always been my goal. There is no recipe, no secret formula. But, once I've managed to find authentici­ty and beauty, I can create emotion. It's essential to create an image that evokes a more profound meaning beyond the obvious visual.

- Michael Chinnici

HAVANA CENTRAL. Havana, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.

 ??  ?? THE MAN, THE CROSS, AND THE SHADOW Trinidad, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
THE MAN, THE CROSS, AND THE SHADOW Trinidad, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
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 ??  ?? PRADO 264. Havana, Cuba 2017. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
PRADO 264. Havana, Cuba 2017. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
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 ??  ?? DEEP IN THOUGHT. Trinidad, Cuba 2015. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
DEEP IN THOUGHT. Trinidad, Cuba 2015. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
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 ??  ?? TAXI DRIVER. Havana, Cuba 2016. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
TAXI DRIVER. Havana, Cuba 2016. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? LOST OPPORTUNIT­Y. Trinidad, Cuba 2016. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
LOST OPPORTUNIT­Y. Trinidad, Cuba 2016. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? DOWNTOWN HAVANA. Havana, Cuba 2013. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
DOWNTOWN HAVANA. Havana, Cuba 2013. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? GUARD DOG. Trinidad, Cuba 2016.
Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
GUARD DOG. Trinidad, Cuba 2016. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? WAITING FOR THE BARBER. Havana, Cuba 2016. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
WAITING FOR THE BARBER. Havana, Cuba 2016. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? NICE TO MEET YOU. Havana, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
NICE TO MEET YOU. Havana, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? TEATRO AMERICA. Havana, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
TEATRO AMERICA. Havana, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? CUBAN GUACHO. Soroa, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.
CUBAN GUACHO. Soroa, Cuba 2019. Michael Chinnici © All rights reserved.

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