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Photo courtasy of Dwight Magee
REPORTING · 25th January 2013
Walter McFarlane
There is an exhibit of photography at the Kitimat Museum and Archives. Photographer Dwight Magee took a trip to Cuba last year and the photos he took on his trip now grace the walls of the Museum.

“A year ago, I was down in Cuba, and Cuba was always on my list of places that I got to see. The reason why is Cuba is located in the Caribbean but it also because of its history as a Communist Country. It still has the old world associated charm with it,” said Magee.

He expressed if one was to visit Cuba, it was like stepping back in time to the 50s and 60s around the time of the revolution when Fidel Castro took over Cuba.

Magee took pictures of people after talking with them, hoping to convey the person’s character in the photos. He is also trying to capture the soul of a country through its people.

“To me, the people are the most important part of any country, any place that you visit in the world and see in the world. What I try and do is try and capture a portrait of the residents of Cuba and capture a portrait that catches them with dignity and respect and also tries to tell a little story about who they are by trying to convey in the picture what they’re doing and what they do,” said Magee.

His favourite picture in the collection is an old man in a checkered shirt with Khaki pants sitting on the stairs in the doorway.

Magee told us the people in Cuba are very friendly, and they do not have much. What they do have, they are willing to share. The people there are curious about us because we take what we have for granted. They have very little but they do have an incredible sense of optimism which is unseen in a lot of places. Even receiving something small is a significant event which is significant to them.

“There are such restrictions there in effect in Cuba, the US has such sanctions on the country there. Economically, Cuba is pretty much struggling so when people do get something, they really appreciate it and it could be something insignificant to us which we take for granted here but to them it means so much,” said Magee.

He encouraged people who travel to Cuba to talk to the people there rather than to spend time on the beach so they can experience this.

“I loved it down there, I quite enjoyed it down there, and the people were amazing,” said Magee.

The exhibit runs until February 23rd so make sure to get out and see it while it is there.