Cuba's digital destination
Since 2002, Sam Tyler has traveled extensively throughout Cuba producing photographic narratives for US publications and exhibitions, exhibiting at the Teatro Nacional with American and Cuban artists in Havana, teaching photography workshops to Cuban youth, all while continuing a nearly decade-long personal project of documenting Cuba. ?Cuba vibrates with me, and there are many, many people here in the US with that gene who have a respectful appreciation for Cuba and a sincere desire in seeing relations improve.? His portfolio includes Morocco, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, and the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC ? yet his attention shifted almost exclusively to Cuba during his first visit with fellow photographer, Nestor Hernandez. ?My Cuba portfolio is in black and white,? he continues from his studio in Washington, DC, just four doors down from the Cuban Interest Section, ?because photographs without color obligate the viewer to really take the image in, to study it. Shooting in black and white is me working to get Americans to study someplace many of us know little about.
That strategy is a small, simple part to play in the massive and complex international history of US-Cuba relations. But each time I exhibit, guest lecture, speak with people back here in the US about Cuba, the questions from Americans are the same: what is Cuba like, and how can I go? So through exhibitions and sharing these remarkable stories I can contribute, and it feels like I?m doing something right.?
Last fall the photojournalist established Samclix.com as a news-reporting agency to cover stories about Cuba missed by the US media. ?Anyone who has been to Cuba notices the conspicuous absence in the US media of feature stories beyond cigars and old cars. I want to get in close on those stories about education, healthcare, music, the arts and its people to demystify Cuba and contribute to her connection with Americans. The US can learn a lot from Cuba.? Each week he publishes the Samclix.com Newsletter, a recap of what happens around Washington from think tank discussions to art exhibitions, concerts and music festivals. The Newsletter concludes with interviews or an excerpt from his essay project, Crepuscule with Castro.
?I?m as focused on understanding what happens in the US regarding Cuba – particularly here in Washington, DC – as I am in photographing compelling stories in Cuba,? says photojournalist,.
Sam Tyler, Photojournalist
2480 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Sam@samclix.com October 2010