Photography: a privilege of luxury
By Mercy Ramos, Photos: courtesy of Alexis Rodríguez
For Alexis Rodríguez, radio producer by profession and passionate about photography, being able to work as a photographer constitutes a privilege of luxury, because in addition to enjoying greatly, it has allowed him to live unforgettable moments. In an interview with CubaPlus magazine, this simple man with a lens expressed: “I always say that I am a radio man who likes photography. I wish I had more time to dedicate to photography, as radio steals many hours of my day. I enjoy photography.” He has been a journalist at Habana Radio since its foundation 21 years ago —although he has worked in radio for four decades— Alexis is always looking for time and spare moments to dedicate to photography.
That is why for a decade he has dedicated part of his vacation to work in the newspaper of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. “I make the most of every day of the festival,” he said. “It gives me the chance to meet figures of culture and cinema, both Cuban and foreign, I have collections of photos of the greats of the seventh art that have passed through Havana in recent years.”
He is also a collaborator in the Cuban publication La jiribilla, the Cuban culture website Cubarte and the prestigious magazine Opus Habana. He started in the world of photograghy from a very young age when he liked to take family photographs that he still lovingly keeps. With more than 20 personal exhibitions to his credit, Alexis remembers with emotion that titled El espíritu de la danza, dedicated to that artistic expression and the great figure that was the absolute prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, and Se dice cubano, where he presented more than 45 portraits of personalities of Cuban culture, all linked in one way or another with the Habana Radio station. In the exhibition El espíritu de la danza, the City Historian Eusebio Leal congratulated him on his work, while the then president of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC), Miguel Barnet, speaking at the inauguration of Se dice cubano, expressed: “Every artist has his or her Olympus, and Alexis has his; I am very proud that within your Olympus is my humble self”, alluding to the presence of a photo of himself in the exhibition. “Being able to portray personalities of the world such as the Kings of Spain, the former President Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, García Márquez, Alicia Alonso, Raúl Castro, and ultimately many figures of politics and culture and, of course, having the privilege of working in the Office of the Historian of La Havana has been very important and significant for my work as a photographer.
To be able to record in images all the work carried out by Dr. Eusebio Leal and his collaborators in this great task that is the restoration of Havana is a privilege of luxury”, said Alexis.