Miami can be the background of the rich and famous in the news and the movies, but the Magic City is also a place where all kind of different communities melt, live, and prosper. Among them, the first Cuban generation of exiles arrived in the area of Little Havana after the Cuban revolution that took place in 1959. In this and future posts of the category PORTRAIT, I will go deep documenting this transitional group, the pioneers that set the course for others who arrived later on. I will do it one Cuban-American exile in Miami at the time.
I worked in the theater in Cuba in the 1950s, but when I came to the US in 1961 I settled in New York where I did not pursue the same career. Instead, I went to work in B. Altman and Company, the luxury department store in Five Ave.- Ricky
I certainly can image Ricky walking back and forth the same spaces as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, always accompanied by the most affluent customers from Spain and Latin-America in need of a Spanish speaking guide.
“Ricky has a very good concept of color, – intervenes Don-, what goes with what, since he worked with the set directors in the theater”.
“I am being Don’s partner for 43 years, replies Cuban-American exile Ricky, working and traveling during that time. We came into Miami after we retired and bought this apartment. The way you see the house now is a result of an accumulation of souvenirs and selected eclectic articles we bought”.
How I worked
As in the previous portrait of the series, I did Ricky’s portrait with Don with the medium format film Mamiya 645 camera in a tripod using only window light from a terrace. At the same time, I recorded all the talk with a digital camera to kept and consult