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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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?”

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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).

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LENS MAGAZINE FEATURES “VANISHING CUBA”

LENS MAGAZINE FEATURES “VANISHING CUBA”

What an honor it was to be featured in such a prestigious publication as Lens Magazine. I want to thank everyone at the publication for creating such a beautiful spread and telling the story of my eight-year journey with Vanishing Cuba. The book has been a dream and a...

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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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