In earlier collections such as Nudes/Portraits and Still Lifes, British photographer Allan Jenkins reveals an ability to canvas fine art using camera and film. His fondness for form (particularly curves), his fine sense of composition, and his simple good taste elevate him from picture-taker to artist and illustrate a technique he calls pictorialism. That makes intriguing the possibilities of his collection The Unseen Cuba, which runs through July 28 at Casa Bacardi, in the University of Miamis Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
Living in Castros Cuba is nothing if not tough, a hardening existence themed here with a series of shots of copper miners. Jenkins, a traditionalist who uses only natural light, has been capturing what is described as the warmth and cigar-stained, weather-beaten expression of the Cuban human spirit since 1995. Although his subjects often seem simple, a careful look reveals subtle details and broader themes that can be powerfully evocative. See for yourself Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission is five dollars. Call 305-284-2822, or visit www.miami.edu/iccas.