Boris Scherbakov

“Shadow Study”


This photograph was taken during a week-long stay in Havana, Cuba. Despite its apparent symmetry, no components of this image were posed or arranged. It is merely another ripple of visual magic that originated during the impossible revolution that began in the Oriente Province of Cuba in July of 1953. Like much of contemporary Cuban culture, the image of this printmaker explores the tension between dream and reality. It is perhaps this dichotomy that draws the American imagination to hold Cuba in an awesome light, as a place of unusual spirit, and as a withered monument to the human determination towards freedom. I’ve been practicing film photography for many years. I currently live on the outskirts of the Bay Area in beautiful Canyon, CA, and work at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. I graduated with distinction from Carleton College’s Studio Art program in 2008, and am currently studying photogravure and digital imaging as a means to expand my image making practice. This print was produced at Kala Art Institute.

Selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.