The multi-faceted Zulfiqar, who also teaches tango, has an obvious penchant for the Latin culture, and if his photographs had captured the sensual beauty and energy of Rio’s carnival, those of Cuba conveyed the charm of a country frozen in time: an old woman pulls at a cigar, an old man’s profile is captured in black and white playing the trumpet, while another hangs around his cycle rickshaw waiting for a customer. There were a few of Trinidad, one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements, known for its cobbled streets and guitar strumming troubadours. There was more than one photograph of the vintage American cars of the 50s, in all their bright colours that have become a popular signature image of Cuba.
Cuba’s culture has been successfully popularized in Pakistan under the watch of Ambassador Jesus Zenen Buergo who has had a memorable stint here. This exhibition, on the eve of his departure, introduced the citizens of Islamabad to the fascinating and intriguing images of Cuba.
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