Martin Hausler returns with a new exhibition project and the publication of his debut book
‘Cuban Beauty’. Having travelled to Cuba for client shoots many times previously, Martin developed his own view and perspective of the beauty of this mysterious Caribbean island. Martin spent over three years casting native Cuban models, scouting for the most interesting and beautiful locations all over the island and creating a unique series of photographs with his Cuban team of assistants, wardrobe designers and creatives. His focus was to show a younger Cuba and the interests of a new generation of Cubans, to provide some contrast to many other publications and photographs usually taken on this island.
Both the traditional and modern are blended together in this collection of images; the omnipresent hardship, that is a day-to-day reality under a communist regime in contrast to the beauty, grace and pride that unites the people of this island.
Martin Hausler’s images pay homage to classic Audrey Hepburn photographs and persiflage on Miss America stagings in the bitter-poor, dilapidated ambience of Cuban skyscrapers at the same time. In any case, the images are visually stunning.
Having showcased his previous exhibitions in London and Los Angeles, Martin felt it was time to return to his roots, deciding to premiere this new show in his hometown of
Heidelberg, Germany. In May 2018 this new body of work was put on display in an extravagant exhibition.
All exhibition prints are exclusively printed on Hahnemühle German Etching paper by the photographer himself. Martin Hausler presents them without glass and passe-partout – just pure and noble with a white border. “The picturesque, textured paper structure gives the picture a stage and breathes life into it,” stated Martin. The physical presence of the images impressed collectors and photo art lovers in his hometown of Heidelberg. Next stop: Hausler’s home from home Los Angeles.
The unglazed fine art photo prints have an irresistible attraction. The combination of large-format exhibition prints and small edition prints on the same fine art inkjet paper are a perfect match. Each book of the first print run includes an exclusively presented, numbered and signed edition print – also on German Etching paper.
Martin Hausler´s exhibition ‘Cuban Beauty’ in his hometown of Heidelberg was an astounding success with a great opening weekend. Now the photographer maks plans to exhibit in Hollywood in his second home of Los Angeles, with further sights on trying to bring this project, printed on Hahnemühle German Etching Digital FineArt Inkjet Paper, to Havana.