Pedro Abascal

La Habana
La Habana

1989, A/P from the book Documentos Personales gelatin silver print 6 x 9”

Calle Galiano y San Rafael
Calle Galiano y San Rafael

1992, unique gelatin silver print 6 x 9”

La Habana
La Habana

1992, A/P gelatin silver print 12 1/2 x 8 1/2’’

René Peña with Saxophone
René Peña with Saxophone

Houston, TX, 1994-1995, unique gelatin silver print 7 x 5”

Calle Villegas
Calle Villegas

1989, A/P from the photo essay Dossier Habana gelatin silver print 7 1/2 x 11 1/2”

Sin Título
Sin Título

1997, 16/30 from the photo essay Dossier Habana gelatin silver print 12 1/2 x 8 1/2”

Calle de los Mercaderes
Calle de los Mercaderes

2001, 12/30 from the photo essay Dossier Habana gelatin silver print 8 1/2 x 12 1/2”

La Habana del Este
La Habana del Este

2009, 1/30 from the photo essay Dossier Habana gelatin silver print 11 x 14”

Avenida del Puerto
Avenida del Puerto

2003, unique gelatin silver print 6 x 9’’

Prado y Malecón
Prado y Malecón

2011, 4/10 from the photo essay Habana Color digital print 9 1/2 x 14 1/4”

Artist Statement

I’ve always been characterized by the study and mastery of the technique of photography, above all, light, that basic tool for work. I take advantage of its potential to play with form and contrast, with foregrounding in my photographs—it’s a resource I use a lot and one that has become a mark of my style of expression. These factors have contributed to giving most of my documentary images their own stamp.

 

In my work I have always stood out for capturing man’s ability to feel in his passage through life: his conflicts, his limits, what uplifts him. Photography is something I enjoy, and that accounts for more than forty years of my professional life. Even though I depend on photography for sustenance, I perceive it not as making a living, but rather as a way of life.