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Thursday 25 December 2014

Che Guevara, cool cars and street life... the image of Cuba comes to Belfast

Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba.  The sights, sounds and smells of this colourful country emanate from the shots.
Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba. The sights, sounds and smells of this colourful country emanate from the shots.
Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba. The sights, sounds and smells of this colourful country emanate from the shots.
Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba. The sights, sounds and smells of this colourful country emanate from the shots.
Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba. The sights, sounds and smells of this colourful country emanate from the shots.
Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba. The sights, sounds and smells of this colourful country emanate from the shots.
Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba. The sights, sounds and smells of this colourful country emanate from the shots.
Belfast-born photographer and worldwide traveller John Lynn photographed his adventures around Cuba.

They're scenes of a fascinating culture some 4,500 miles away.

This is Cuba captured through the lens of a Belfast-born photographer who has shown the island in all its colourful glory.

John Lynn's work on the Caribbean island focuses on street culture and artwork.

The images are currently being shown as part of the stunning Through Fine Glass exhibition at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast.

The striking collection from the award-winning photographer was taken on a recent trip to Cuba and features an image of graffiti of Che Guevara's face. The graffiti was based on the Guerrillero Heroico photograph of the Argentinean, taken by Alberto Korda in Havana in 1960.

There's also a picture on display of men chilling out in the street by a Pina Colada stall, and another of a retro motor car, typical of the region.

John, who now lives in Bangor with his wife Sher, told the Belfast Telegraph Cuba is just one of those places that continues to fascinate the rest of the world.

"The subject matter immediately stimulates people's interest," he said. "There seems to be a strong fascination with Cuba."

The Through Fine Glass exhibition pieces are for sale and will be on display at the library, free of charge, until March 31.

They are the latest work from John who has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years.

In the early 1980s, he studied photojournalism at New York University and has won several Nikon awards, with his work published throughout the world, including an exhibition at the prestigious Getty Gallery in London.

In the past, John has photographed a number of famous faces, including U2 singer Bono, actors Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

PROFILE

Cuba is an island country in the Caribbean. A former Spanish colony, it gained independence from the United States in 1902. A socialist administration under the leadership of Fidel Castro since 1965, it is governed as a single-party state by the Communist Party.

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