Working exclusively with photographic film, Charles Anselmo's large scale prints on translucent Habotai silk reveal his take on industrial complexes, urban spaces, Cuba, post-Katrina New Orleans and the derelict military bases of California. He captures the urban landscape in moments of decline. These structures, which began with purpose, are broken down over time and transformed under the weight of history to become 'phenomena,' sensory representations of everyday life.
Anselmo exhibits his photographs internationally, curates United States exhibits of work by established Cuban film photographers, operates a large format digital printing studio and will soon collaborate in the opening of a photographic printing studio and gallery in Havana. He is Visiting Lecturer at two Cuban schools: the Havana School of Creative Photography, and the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art, Cuba’s oldest art school. He has presented numerous exhibits on social themes and has upcoming solo shows in Havana, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Anselmo lectures, writes critical essays, and also operates a large format digital printing studio, continuously exploring sites which demonstrate the nascent beauty of forgotten places.
A veteran of sixty-seven photographic trips to Cuba since 2000, Anselmo has widely exhibited his Havana portfolios while visually capturing the city’s unique historical/architectural narrative. He has also conducted numerous field workshops there for small groups of photographers eager to visually engage with Cuba’s remarkably compelling culture for the first time.
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