The Prague School of Photojournalism in Cuba

Capture from vietnamese market SAPA in Prague / by Taylor Torres
Capture from vietnamese market SAPA in Prague / by Taylor Torres

 

Photography has always been a hobby of mine, and a very enjoyable one – a hobby that I felt could become a passion at a certain moment. As time passed by, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and photography was no longer a mere passion – it became a useful tool. Since then, it has been a companion both in my professional life, as well as in my activist endeavours. I got a unique and wonderful opportunity to study photojournalism in Prague, where I learned that great photography must have feelings and expression; regardless of the technical skills a photographer may have, if a photography fails to capture the soul of what it portrays, everything is in vain. That’s what I’ve learned from our great teacher, photographer Pavel Hroch, who earned tremendous respect for himself based on his activities in Prague during the time period of the country’s transition. Cuba is currently in need of photojournalists, both those who seek to capture the immediacy of the situation as well as photojournalists who strive to make a thorough analysis of the reality that surrounds them. For this reason, training and preparation is very important. My country is in a stage of constant metamorphosis and I think that the photos being taken today will prove to be just as valuable as written reports to help future generations understand the current state of affairs in my country. I wish to be able to reflect the reality surrounding me through my photos, arousing people’s emotions and incorporating those emotions into my work.