Colorful Cuba in Black And White

Samir Zahirovic

Samir Zahirovic

Samir Zahirovic

Samir Zahirovic

Samir Zahirović was born in 1968 in Tuzla, where he still lives and works. He is a member of the Photographic Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUFBiH), Photo-Cinema Club Tuzla and Art Group Lucido from Lukavac. He showed his work in more than 250 joint exhibitions around the world on all 6 continents. He discovered his love for photography at the age of 12 and at the beginning of his career he mostly worked in the field of photojournalism and war photography. In 1995 in Aachen, as a result of this work, he organized his first solo exhibition Tuzla-Eine Stadt in Europa. His second exhibition Faces of Shiraz was shown in 2017, which were soon followed by two more, Portraits and The Gazes. He held his fifth exhibition of photographs "Retrospective" in Ljubljana, at the Šolt Gallery, in January 2019. He was awarded more than 150 different awards, honors and recognitions for his art work: 30 gold, 12 silver, 10 bronze medals and 95 honorable mentions on FIAP exhibitions. On national FOTOBiH exhibitions he was first place winner 10 times. In 2020 he was granted distinction EFIAP/b (Excellence FIAP(bronze) by the International Federation of Photographic Art for his contribution to artistic photography. His artistic expression covers many topics, genres and techniques but mainly he focuses on portraits and architecture. In recent years he specialized in 360° panoramic photography and he became the first Google Trusted Photographer in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Cuba is a country where time stood still in 1958. The dilapidated facades in Havana reveal what these once beautiful buildings were like, but they were destroyed by time and insufficient maintenance. Trinidad is a typical colonial place, with cladding and low modest houses of vivid colors. Life takes place on the streets and the streets are full. Due to the poor standard of living, there are very few cars on the streets and those who ride are older than me, or use animal carriages and bicycles.

I opted for the black and white variant because it better evokes that life and the Cuban street and the atmosphere of the street.

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