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Exhibit: Danzzaria – Through May at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center
March 1 - May 24
Featuring the photography of Luis Castañeda
Promotion by: Latin American Art Pavilion
Original photographs of the 1959 Cuban National Ballet auditions in Havana, Cuba, featuring prima ballerina Alicia Alonso. Photos are from the personal collection of Luis Castañeda who was one of the original photographers assigned to create a permanent photographic record of the historic achievements of the ballet.
About the artist
From 1964 through 1979, Castaneda cooperated as a photographer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Teatro Musical de La Habana, the Ministry of Culture, and also as a freelancer photographed for publishers such as Cuba Magazine. In 1979, Castaneda moved to Spain, and, having started working in “The Image Bank” stock agency, traveled over the whole of Europe. In 1986, Castaneda left Spain and moved to Miami, Florida, USA, where he currently lives. He has worked with The National Fund for Advancement in the Arts, several Ballet companies like Miami City Ballet, Ballet Concerto, Ballet Etudes, Spanish Ballet Rosita Segovia, and with South Florida theaters “The Coconut Grove”, Theater and Teatro Avante.
Castaneda’s work has been published in various publications. He has published three books and had international exhibitions. In 1993, Castaneda received “Master of the Leica” Award. In 1998, on photokina exhibition in Cologne (Germany) he was offered to enter the Italian “Gruppo Fotografico
Leica”. He was also awarded “Golden Eye of Russia” prize by International Guild of Russian Media professional photographers (2006). He is widely known for his image series of Iceland landscapes, made with the Panasonic Lumix LX5 compact camera. Castaneda uses Leica and Panasonic LUMIX cameras and all lenses from ultra-wide to super-tele range. Castaneda holds master classes and photo seminars.