VANISHING CUBA BOOK BY MICHAEL CHINNICI

A stunning collection of over 300 photographs and stories highlighting Michael’s 24 trips to Cuba.

VANISHING CUBA is a visual storytelling project by American photographer Michael Chinnici. The collection depicts the changes Cuba is facing as it emerges from more than 60 years of isolation and decay. Michael’s 24 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 past, present, and future of Cuba, and even more so, about capturing the “Soul of Cuba”. Michael’s love affair with Cuba and the Cuban people clearly comes through in this compelling and beautifully produced book.

These handcrafted books have been printed in small quantities and will only be available for a limited time.

Silver Edition …. Deluxe Edition …. Reserve Edition

Vanishing Cuba Book Collection

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Attention To Detail

Only The Highest Quality & Finest Printing Techniques

Spectra7 Color Printing

Michael wanted his color photographs to be equally as impressive on paper, as they appear on hi-resolution mobile devices and 4K monitors. For this reason, he chose to go with a newly developed printing process called Spectra7.

In addition to the four main colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) used in traditional CMYK printing, Spectra7 adds orange, green, and purple to widen the color space by about 30%. This allows for 90% of all PANTONE colors to be reproduced on press, something that has never before been achieved. Spectra7 delivers the intensity and brilliance his images deserve.

TriTon 3 Black Printing

Black & white printing has traditionally been done using just one black ink. For better results, a duotone system was developed to blend together both a black and a grey which resulted in better mid-tones.

But Michael was looking for more! He was looking for blacks that are ‘blacker than black’, mid-tones that are balanced, and highlights that are soft. The results, a high degree of contrast and impressive three-dimensionality. He did this by choosing a proprietary TriTon system that uses three inks, two blacks, and one grays. The results are nothing short of sensational.

Storytelling In Both English & Spanish

Michael always felt that a book about Cuba deserves to be told in both English and Spanish. Although English is widely spoken in Cuba, especially among the young, producing the book in Spanish will give many Cubans, Cuban Americans, Latin Americans and Spaniards the opportunity to enjoy it in their native language.

Handcrafted using only The Finest Italian Paper

Michael’s objective was to produce a book that creatively, emotionally, and historically lasts the test of time. To create a handcrafted book that spoke quality and beauty from the moment you laid your eyes on it, to the moment you held it in your hands and turned the pages. For this reason, he has chosen only the finest quality paper, printing, and ink process, as well as bindery and finishing.

Italians have a long-standing reputation for superior craftsmanship when it comes to papers, fabrics, and attention to detail, whether it be art, books, or exotic sports cars.

About the Author:  Michael Chinnici

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

The Vanishing Cuba project came to life after countless requests to produce a book about his works and his experiences. It will be two years in the making by the time it’s printed, This limited edition book includes a stunning collection of over 300 photographs and stories from Michael’s 24 trips to Cuba. The collection depicts the changes Cuba is facing 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”. Michael’s love affair with Cuba and the Cuban people clearly comes through in this compelling and beautifully produced book, handcrafted in Italy.

Michael has already begun to lay the ground work for his next book titled, “Vanishing India”. He has already completed 12 trips to this amazing and fascinating country. As Michael puts it, “India is like no other country in the world. It’s like experiencing 40 countries in one”.

Michael was introduced to photography by his father when he was eleven years old. Using his dad’s WWII era Argus C3 and a basement darkroom, he began his love affair with the camera. Although Michael spent the early years of his career in marketing and design (heading up his own NYC Ad Agency for 25 years), he also founded New York’s first digital photography studio “Icon Digital” in 1995. His knowledge of art and design is evident in the material selections, stunning design, and details found throughout this book series.

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 photography opportunities, exceptional hotels, and amazing culinary experiences.

https://www.michaelchinnici.com 

 

Cuba Experiences & Book Reviews

What People Are Saying About The Book

Michael, Vanishing Cuba arrived and has literally blown my mind. You did NOT oversell this magnificent work of art! From the moment the box arrived and I felt its tight packaging and heft, it felt like a treasure. I sliced the seams open with a pen knife ever so carefully and what I found inside has to be THE greatest book of photography I have ever seen. I’m not exaggerating. 

First, the images, MY GOD! Give me some time to process and read the stories. I’ll have a follow-up response once I’ve had sufficient time to bask in this experience. 

The printing process … The texture and weight of the paper… The binding and cover and box…

It’s so obvious you put every ounce of your heart and mind and experience in this and we benefit. Just wow. Congratulations I’m awestruck. I am getting copies for two Cuban friends of mine as gifts. 

You just raised the bar.

Michael Drucker (Deluxe Edition)

OMGOMGOMG. This is AMAZING. SO HEAVY SO BIG!!! I can’t wait to open it!!!! My friend is here and she is amazed too! It is fabulous. Can’t wait to read every page. It’s going on my coffee table with Annie Leibovitz!!

Janet Samuels (Silver Edition)

Like any culture, life in Cuba is made up of layers. There is the obvious outer layer: iconic classic cars, cigars, and crumbling architecture. But an artist should see what lies beneath those superficial layers. Michael Chinnici has given us a gift by using his masterful imagery to show us the soul, la Alma, of Cuba. His photographs brilliantly express the warm and generous spirit of the Cuban people while revealing the heart-wrenching fragility of their existence. Ironically, Vanishing Cuba is a testament to what is most enduring about Cuba, her dignity, beauty, and resilience.

Rance Jones - Artist (Silver Edition)

Book arrived. Words escape me. Guess all I can say is “Wow”!

Sheila Bodine (Silver Edition)

This is incredible! Like everything else that you do, this is exquisite… beyond top notch.

Your work, especially regarding Cuba, and a place that I have still never been to, India, has such passion! There are many of your images that I not only wish that I could make, but that I have no idea what you even did to create them.

I can “feel” the images on these pages. That’s the best way that I can describe them. They resonate with me like no others. Thank you!

Donna Kross (Silver Edition)

I received my copy of Vanishing Cuba earlier this week and wanted to wait for a perfectly quiet time to open the box. What better day than a cold snowy Friday? I opened it today with my wife Lorraine, who was a high school Spanish teacher. Neither of us has been to Cuba but hopes to go one day. This absolutely stunning, beautifully photographed and printed book is the next best thing. Oh my! Magnificent job! Congratulations! I will take my time looking at all the amazing images and reading the text carefully. Lorraine was particularly taken with the inclusion of the side-by-side English / Spanish text, as was I. Please know that this book will be cherished and read and reread. Thank you!

Clyde Berger (Silver Edition)

My book arrived yesterday. It’s packed so well. So heavy. So amazing. I’m going to dig in. I can’t wait. I love it already.

(3 days later.) This book is AMAZING! I refused to speed through it. I’m reading every caption, the intro, and looking at the art like a gallery show. It’s taking me longer as I savor all the pages. The print quality is off the charts too. You did an amazing job with this. 

Jason Anello (Deluxe Edition)

Words truly cannot describe how beautiful this book is. In fact, I now need a nicer home so I can properly display this work of art. What a spectacular job you have done. I am blown away. Congratulations Michael.

Richard Haase (Reserve Edition)

Hi Michael. Your book came up on an Instagram ad. Very well placed I must say – because I love photography and I have a collection of over 1000 photography books, especially anything Cuba related. I really love your pics and the commentary. I feel photos with a commentary is the best, as it’s fascinating to hear the context/story behind the shot. If the book is as you describe, you could charge at least double for your work especially with the prints included.

Andy C (Reserve Edition)

As I slowly turn the pages of exquisite photos of Michael’s many trips to Cuba, reading the stories of each image, I’m getting chills as every page gives me so much inspiration and insight into an island I have yet to visit and wish I already had. The perfect lighting and stories each photo tell give me so many lessons on photography… and life.

Michael Chinnici… your documentation of a “Vanishing Cuba” is truly going to be like looking into a sliver of its history to those in the future. I’m getting chills as I turn every page and you transport us as if we are traveling with you! What a joy—and even more so for us photographers!

Lexie Cataldo (Silver Edition)

I Just received the book today and on first look not sure I have adequate words. Incredible, Amazing, Fantastic… now to properly read and immerse myself will take a nice glass of sipping rum, a Cuban cigar, and dive in. Congratulations! It exceeded your pre-publication blog posts. 

Michael Paez (Deluxe Edition)

I just received the book. What a work of art. A masterpiece in every way. It really captures so much emotion of the people and the place. So beautiful. I wish you much success from this accomplishment. My girlfriend Maria and I are looking at it and just saying, WOW!

I’ve never seen such beautiful printing. The printing registration is perfect. The colors! The black and white are alive!

David Glaser (Deluxe Edition)

I’ve been to Cuba with Michael. My 5th trip with PWA was to Cuba in 2015. To say it was an amazing experience is an understatement. A true step back in time, I was enchanted with the friendliness of the people, awed by the architecture and vintage automobiles, and impressed by both the organized photo opportunities as well as the casual, unplanned opportunities. I am so very excited to purchase a Reserve copy of Vanishing Cuba. Michael Chinnici’s photos of his experiences in Cuba are not to be missed!

Jane Jamison (Reserve Edition)

Press + Events

The Journey of Vanishing Cuba – Updates

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY ACQUIRES THE VANISHING CUBA “RESERVE EDITION” BOOK

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY ACQUIRES THE VANISHING CUBA “RESERVE EDITION” BOOK

I was excited to hear that BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, a private Baptist Christian research university in Waco, Texas, had ordered the RESERVE EDITION of my VANISHING CUBA book for their reference library collection. Established in 1845, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River in the United States.

1X MAGAZINE INTERVIEW – MICHAEL CHINNICI

1X MAGAZINE INTERVIEW – MICHAEL CHINNICI

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by my peer and my good friend Michael Steverson, and an honor to be featured in 1x Magazine, which has set the standard for excellence in modern photography.

LEICA FOTOGRAFIE INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

LEICA FOTOGRAFIE INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

Cuba – the Caribbean island, is surely one of the most photographed places in the world. The light, the colours, the people, and the life on the streets: each moment seems to offer a perfect opportunity for a picture. One photographer who has explored Cuba repeatedly, through the perspective of his camera, is the American Michael Chinnici. His gorgeous photo book draws on the wealth of stories, experiences and encounters he has gathered during more than twenty trips in recent years. There is no doubt that the New York-based photographer has been successful in his efforts to capture the “soul of Cuba” in pictures.

THE STOVALL HOUSE WELCOMES VANISHING CUBA

THE STOVALL HOUSE WELCOMES VANISHING CUBA

From the moment we arrived, everyone was gracious and complimentary about the book and excited about my stay. We thank The Stovall House and OE for planning such a memorable event. 

NYU ABU DHABI AQUIRES VANISHING CUBA

NYU ABU DHABI AQUIRES VANISHING CUBA

My Vanishing Cuba book is indeed finding its way around the globe. Just imagine… New York University in Abu Dhabi. NYU Abu Dhabi is one of the most diverse campuses in the world. Their students come from 120 countries and speak more than 100 languages. I’m proud that they have acquired Vanishing Cuba for their library.

PHOTOBOOK JOURNAL REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

PHOTOBOOK JOURNAL REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

Wow!!! Thank you, Melanie Chapman, for writing such a wonderful review of my Vanishing Cuba book! And to quote the poet John Dunne… “The poet John Dunne wrote “No man is an island…”. Spend time experiencing Cuba through Chinnici’s insightful eyes, and you may be tempted to reply “…and no island is one man.”

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE ACQUIRES VANISHING CUBA

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE ACQUIRES VANISHING CUBA

What an honor to have my first published book reside in the University of Cambridge Library in the United Kingdom. Many of you probably don’t know this, but this prestigious University (considered one of the top ten in the world) has over 100 libraries within its library system. Vanishing Cuba can be found in its Latin Studies Library.

PRESTIGIOUS AESTHETICA MAGAZINE REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

PRESTIGIOUS AESTHETICA MAGAZINE REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

“The first thing that caught my attention when I received the first draft of the book was its title,” writes Havana-born activist artist Leonor Anthony in the foreword to Vanishing Cuba, the latest volume from New York-based photographer Michael Chinnici. “What is it, in fact, that is vanishing?”

THE FIRST VANISHING CUBA BOOK REVIEW BY DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD

THE FIRST VANISHING CUBA BOOK REVIEW BY DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD

The first VANISHING CUBA book review is in and it’s by British-based DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD Magazine. It’s always exciting when a publication does an independent review of your work. So when Digital Camera World asked us for a book to review, it was our pleasure to provide one.

BARNES & NOBLE ADDS VANISHING CUBA TO THEIR 600 STORE NETWORK

BARNES & NOBLE ADDS VANISHING CUBA TO THEIR 600 STORE NETWORK

I was elated to learn that Barnes & Noble will carry my Vanishing Cuba Silver Edition book, beginning March 30. The book will be available for 24 hour delivery from BN.com or directly from their network of over 600 bookstores across the United States.

VANISHING CUBA SHIPS TO 6 CONTINENTS (IN THE FIRST 4 WEEKS)

VANISHING CUBA SHIPS TO 6 CONTINENTS (IN THE FIRST 4 WEEKS)

We have now directly shipped hundreds of books within the United States, and many to Canada, Australia, Egypt, Italy, Hong Kong, France, New Zealand, Mexico, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Croatia, Israel, Guatemala, India, and Argentina.

THE GETTY CENTER ACQUIRES THE DELUXE EDITION OF VANISHING CUBA

THE GETTY CENTER ACQUIRES THE DELUXE EDITION OF VANISHING CUBA

THE GETTY Research Institute, Los Angeles, is the latest to acquire the Deluxe Edition of my book, Vanishing Cuba. What an honor! I have always admired the Getty Center for its dedication to excellence. Knowing that my book has found a home there and will forever be available to view and study is outstanding. 

LUXURY SPLASH OF ART FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

LUXURY SPLASH OF ART FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

Luxury Splash of Art Magazine is the brainchild of artists Kamila Krzyzaniak and Agnieszka Kowalczewska, both born in Poland and residing in London. Kamila is an architect and contemporary artist specializing in abstracts, and Agnieszka is known for her paintings on canvas and textiles.

Kamila describes the magazine as “a homage to those who set trends – and entertain us with their imagination and talent.” The publication features sculptors, photographers, chefs, jewelers, and fashion designers. It’s a real honor to be featured among such talented artists. It’s my hope that my photographs and the storytelling in my Vanishing Cuba book

GET LOST MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

GET LOST MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

It was so lovely to discover that I was featured in the December issue of Get Lost Magazine, a Melbourne Australia-based independent adventure travel magazine. My Vanishing Cuba photography is highlighted in the EXPOSURE section, where they select just two photographers a month.

Founded in 2004 by Publisher Justin Jamieson, the magazine seeks out unique travel experiences around the globe for travelers wishing to explore and take unforgettable holidays that are not found in brochures.

MIAMI’S PREMIER BOOKSTORE REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

MIAMI’S PREMIER BOOKSTORE REVIEWS VANISHING CUBA

As many of you know, when I set out to publish my Vanishing Cuba book, my objective was to create something exceptional and not just another book. 

I would soon find out if my seven years of photography and two years of writing, design, and production were about to deliver on that promise. 

With the arrival of the first few samples of my book, I boarded a flight to Miami for Art Basel, where the Reserve Edition of my book would be showcased for the very first time. But my real interest would be a very special meeting we had set up months earlier. 

VANISHING CUBA CHRONICLES – BOOK DELAYED DUE TO GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS

VANISHING CUBA CHRONICLES – BOOK DELAYED DUE TO GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS

Let me begin with my sincerest apologies regarding the delays associated with my Vanishing Cuba book. We had initially thought that the book would ship from Italy in early November, but unfortunately, this never materialized. 

There are various reasons for the delay, but most notably, the pandemic initiated global supply chain problems that have created issues across the world. This includes the shortage of paper, semiconductor chips for cars, overcrowded ports, container ships waiting to unload, and basics like trucks and drivers to move goods through the supply chain.

MIAMI LIVING MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

MIAMI LIVING MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

At the beginning of the 2021 Art Basel | Miami Art week, MIAMI LIVING Magazine featured my Vanishing Cuba book on their home page, Arts & Leisure section, and their Art Basel – Art Miami week guide. It’s a great read. 

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA

I am honored to have my Cuba photography and Vanishing Cuba book featured in the November issue of PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER Magazine.

Amanda Arnold from PPA (Professional Photographers of America) says, “Twenty-four trips to Cuba and tens of thousands of photographs were the inspiration for Michael Chinnici’s photobook “Vanishing Cuba” (Red Octopus Publishing).

OUTLOOK TRAVELLER MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

OUTLOOK TRAVELLER MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

It was so wonderful for Vanishing Cuba to be featured in the November 2021 issue of OUTLOOK TRAVELLER Magazine, India’s No. 1 Travel Magazine and website in India. It was also so nice to get messages from friends in India who were excited to see the feature (see video below).

ARTDOC PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

ARTDOC PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

It was my pleasure to be interviewed by ARTDOC Magazine for their October 2021 issue. We discussed photography, Cuba, and my upcoming book Vanishing Cuba. I want to thank everyone at ArtDoc for taking an interest in my work.

VANISHING CUBA CHRONICLES – PRINTING IN ITALY

VANISHING CUBA CHRONICLES – PRINTING IN ITALY

On September 28, 2021, I departed New York for Milan, Italy, to oversee the printing and production of my long-awaited Vanishing Cuba book. I was headed to my printer, Longo AG, in Bolzano, Italy. My man at Longo, Giuseppe, picked me up at the airport, and we began our four-hour journey across Northern Italy. Giuseppe had been working with me for two years on this project, and he knew exactly what I was looking to achieve. After multiple espressos stops along the Autostrade, we arrived at Longo in the late afternoon. The espresso stops were a good indication of what was to come. Non-stop espresso, all day, every day, for the next two weeks!

FOTONOSTRUM MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

FOTONOSTRUM MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

What an honor to be selected by FOTONOSTRUM Magazine for their September issue, where they feature 18 pages of photography from my soon-to-be-released Vanishing Cuba book.

FotoNostrum Magazine is associated with FotoNostrum, Mediterranean House of Photography, a parent company of WonderPick Ltd, and The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards.

FUJILOVE MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

FUJILOVE MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

FUJILOVE Magazine first featured my Cuba photography in their July 2021 issue (see blog post), and now they surprise me with a 16-page spread in their September issue, this time featuring my Vanishing Cuba book. Wow! Please have a look at this wonderful interview by Stephanie Baxter, Managing Editor for FujiLove.

PLAIN MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

PLAIN MAGAZINE FEATURES VANISHING CUBA

After 24 trips to Cuba and over tens of thousands of photographs, American photographer Michael Chinnici is releasing his new coffee table book, Vanishing Cuba. Documented in the 348-page large-format book is a collection of arresting visuals that map out the past, present, and future of Cuba, along with emotional stories, fantastic scenery, and lifelong friendships the photographer has made along the way.

Captured in the most endearing and honest light, the book is accompanied by text in both English and Spanish, narrated by Cuban friends through meaningful essays. Through his lens, Chinnici digs deep into the soul of a country, and the results, as you can see from the images below, are breathtaking.

FUJILOVE MAGAZINE FEATURES MICHAEL’S CUBA PHOTOGRAPHY

FUJILOVE MAGAZINE FEATURES MICHAEL’S CUBA PHOTOGRAPHY

It was great to be featured with a 12-page spread in the July issue of FUJILOVE Magazine. I want to thank the founder, Tomash, for his interest in my work and the Managing Editor, Stephanie, for the interview. 

The Vanishing Cuba journey has been an exciting eight years, and there’s still so much more to look forward to. With the booking coming out in September / October, the excitement has only been growing. Just this week, I completed my sixth interview featuring the book and my Cuba photography. I’m so fortunate that people enjoy my vision and love for the Cuban people.

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