Thursday, January 16, 2014

Street Scenes in Cuba, ca. 1946 by Eliot Elisofon

Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973) was an internationally known photographer and filmmaker. From the Lower East Side of New York City, Elisofon graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1929 and Fordham University in 1933. He is a founding member of the Photo League in 1936. He was one of the most active and productive members: he gave guest lectures (1938–43); co-organized the Men at Work project with Lewis Hine (1940); served periodically as president between 1939 and 1941; taught courses on photojournalism and flash photography (1940–41); and participated in numerous exhibitions.

From 1938-1942, Elisofon ran a commercial photography studio. He was hired as a photographer in the Federal Writers' Project series These Are Our Lives in 1939. From 1942-1964, he worked for LIFE magazine as a full-time appointment as a staff photographer. Below is a small collection of wonderful color photographs of life in Cuba, ca. 1946 by Eliot Elisofon.

Pedestrian traffic on narrow city street. Camaguey, Cuba.

Lottery ticket vendor. Camaguey, Cuba.

Band entertaining guests at the Kastillito Club on Varadero Beach. Cuba.

Man watching fisherman w. a net working along Varadero Beach. Cuba.

Wave crashing against a breakwater along The Malecon, a waterfront boulevard. Havana, Cuba.

(Images © Eliot Elisofon, via LIFE photo archive hosted by Google)

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