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Rafael de la Uz, Exhibit November 2023

Bunnell Street Arts Center exhibits photographer Rafael de la Uz for the month of November. The exhibit will open on Friday, November 3rd, from 5-7pm with an artist talk at 6pm.

Artist Statement: “My photography focuses on telling stories, so my goal is to build a narrative from a group of images, organized in a specific order instead of aiming for visual excellence in one single image. An isolated photograph has a certain aesthetic value, but a set of photos uses the power of visual storytelling to tell a story and stories are powerful tools of communication. That is what I try to achieve as a photographer. This exhibition is about isolation, or my personal vision of my son’s isolation, his strategies to adapt to his new life, his special relationship with the sea, his particular vision of Alaska, his experience here.” – Rafael de la Uz

Biography: Rafael de la Uz is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker born in Havana, Cuba. He lives and works in Alaska, where he has been documenting stories for media organizations like Voice of America, Fern Magazine, and Biographic. Rafael de la Uz is currently co- producing a documentary film for Alaska Public Media about the effects of hatcheries on the population of wild salmon in the Pacific Ocean. This project was awarded with a grant from the prestigious Pulitzer Center, and is scheduled to be broadcast on national television in the summer of 2024. In 2023, De La Uz received a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award.

In 1998, de la Uz earned a degree in Cinematography from the International School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. De la Uz’s first documentary film, “The Cuban Game,” directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca won international acclaim and awards from film festivals worldwide, including LaCinemaFe in New York and the BBC’s Grierson Award. After relocating to the USA, Rafael worked as a producer in “Venezuela, Revolution in Progress,” a production of Discovery/Times TV, “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq” for HBO, and “Roads to Memphis” (American Experience).

In 2010, Rafael resumed his collaboration with director Martin Cuenca, and he worked as Director of Photography on “Carillo, Communist,” a 2010 Goya Award nominee and Turia Film Festival winner for Best Documentary of the Year, and the feature film “La Mitad de Óscar (Half of Oscar).” 2011 Rafael was awarded Best Cinematography at the Festival du Cinema Espagnole Toulouse, France 2011, for La Mitad de Oscar (Half of Oscar).

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