Hispanic Branch Library. From Oct 4, 2011 through Mar 1, 2012.
Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte took these photographs of the late legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz (1925-2003) during the last fifteen years of her illustrious life. The series of black and white photographs captures the “Queen of Salsa” in moments and places few other photographers were granted access.
The photographs form a selection from Rodriguez-Duarte’s 2004 book Presenting Celia consisting of private, backstage settings and onstage performances before rapturous live audiences. Part of the title for this exhibition, Siempre Viviré, is based on her 2000 album by the same name.
The artist, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, is a professional freelance photographer and author of the book titled Presenting Celia Cruz (Clarkson Potter, 2004). He and his family fled Havana, Cuba in 1968 through the Freedom Flights program and settled in Miami. His interest in photography was sparked when he received his first camera at age 10. Rodriguez-Duarte’s work has appeared in many fashion magazines and books, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Vogue, British Vogue, The New Yorker, The Advocate, Town & Country and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and his photographs could be found in private and public collections.
Hispanic Branch Library
1398 SW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33135