****Exhibit held over****

October 18, 2012 – January 27, 2013

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
400 N Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Mario Algaze: Cuba 1999-2000 FMOPA.  -Essay by Joanne Milani, FMoPA Board of Trustees

“I know how men in exile feed on dreams”  Aeschylus

Look, but don’t touch. Reach, but don’t grasp. Dream, but don’t wake up. That is how an exile feels about the homeland he cannot reclaim, and that is how Mario Algaze feels about Cuba.  Born in Cuba in 1947, he remembers a happy childhood in the well-to-do Art Deco Havana neighborhood of Miramar. He can recall “the smell of seaweed and saltwater washing on the rocks.”
It was a magical time. He remembers his mother taking him to the ballet, and he remembers seeing the Alec Guinness movie, Our Man in Havana being filmed on the streets of the city.  All this ended when he was 13 years old. That’s when he was brought to Miami by his parents. He was 52 years old before he was able to return.

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