Ernesto Bazan was the man who taught me how to take photographs. You may not have heard of him but this is an oversight on your part for he is one of the best black and white photographers in the world today.
He has just released his third book on Cuba,the island where he lived for many years before begin forced to leave by the authorities. Thankfully he made very good use of his time in Castro’s kingdom taking some beautiful pictures which reflect both his own personal journey and his huge empathy with his subjects. To ensure this deep connection, he would return to the same people and their families time and time again to create a relationship that deepened the power of his photographs.
His work reminds me a little of Koudelka’s gypsy imagery, while still being wholly it’s own thing.If you’re looking to learn about the art of photography you could do worse than take a workshop with the man. I’ve done 5 to date and have never regretted a single one.