Cuban Photography of Clyde Butcher - Opening Reception and Discussion
Clyde Butcher’s powerful black and white photographs explore his personal bond with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. For more than fifty years, he has been preserving on film the untouched areas of the landscape. For four months, "Cuba: The Natural Beauty," an exhibition of his work, done in conjunction with the United Nations Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountains, will be on display at the Glenn Hubert Library on the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University.
Join us on Tuesday, November 1st for an opening reception and discussion by Clyde Butcher at the Glenn Hubert Library. The reception is FREE and open to all. For any questions, please contact Ashley Garcia at email@example.com or 305.348.6269. The exhibition will run from November 1 through February 28th.
Butcher's images are captured with large format cameras that use 8”x 10,” 11”x 14,” and 12”x 20” negatives, with exposures that are sometimes as long as an hour. The handmade, darkroom developed photographic prints range in sizes from 8x10 inches to 5x8 feet. These techniques allow him to express the elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the intricacy of the Cuban landscape.
When asked what transforms a photograph into art, Butcher responds with a smile, “That’s the million dollar question. I think it’s obviously the person behind the camera who creates the art. In any form of art, you go from a craftsman to an artist. There is a point when that happens. It’s a mystery. Art does not come from fancy equipment. It comes from a way of seeing the world."
As we seek to bring more arts and educational opportunities such as this presentation to the Glenn Hubert Library on FIU's Biscayne Bay campus of FIU, we ask that you help support our efforts. Those who make a donation of $100 or more will receive one personalized, signed copy of Clyde Butcher's book: "Cuba: The Natural Beauty," which will be available for pick-up at the reception.
This exhibition has been put together with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. This event will be presented with American Sign Language (ASL) and open captions (OC). To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend this event, please contact the FIU Disability Resource Center to make the request at 305-348-3532 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 5 business days before the event. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).