“AJIACO”

Photos by/Fotos por Héctor Delgado. Prologue by/Prólogo por Alan West-Durán

“…Héctor Delgado, immersed in the waters of spirit and pleasure, understands as a photographer that light and shadow are not only the vocabulary of his vocation but the living contours of the spiritual world that he portrays. In these pre-digital photos, the mystery of the dark room merges with the mystery of the spirits. Like Echu-Elegguá, it generates the cosmic equilibrium of life and death, silence and word, and embraces the marvel of living, more immense than water and dreams.” – Excerpt from the prologue written by Alan West-Durán

“…Héctor Delgado, sumergido en las aguas del espíritu y el goce, entiende como fotógrafo que la luz y la sombra no son sólo el vocabulario de su vocación sino el contorno vivo del mundo espiritual que retrata. En estas fotos predigitales, el misterio del cuarto oscuro se encauza con el misterio de los espirítus. Como Echu-Elegguá, genera el equilibrio cósmico de vida y muerte, silencio y palabra, y abraza el mismo portento de nuestro vivir, más inmenso que el agua y el sueño.”  Pasaje del prólogo escrito por Alan West-Durán.

A special thanks to all the people who donated to the ‘Untold Stories’ fundraiser and made this project possible. Your contribution allowed Hector’s story to be told and his converted one man’s dream into a reality.

Note: All of your names have been included in the credits section at the end of the book.

Un enorme agradecimiento a todas esas personas que hicieron una donación al proyecto de ‘Untold Stories’, haciendo este libro posible. Vuestra contribución ha conseguido que Héctor pueda contar su historia y ha hecho realidad su sueño.

Nota: Todos vuestros nombres aparecen en los créditos al final del libro.

Book Details/Detalles del Libro

  • 104-pages/páginas
  • 100# Premium lustre paper
  • Soft cover/Tapa blanda
  • 8×10 in., 20×25 cm
  • Language/Idioma: English & Spanish/Inglés & Español

Price/precio: 30 € + shipping/envío.

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3 reviews for Ajiaco by Héctor Delgado

  1. Lucien Moolhuizen (verified owner)

    Hugely impressed with this book and will proudly put it on the shelf next to some of my favourites. It’s a unique peek into a world completely unknown to me, yet the honesty of Héctor Delgado’s photography made me feel right there, almost in the middle of it myself, and certainly longing to know more. To complement his incredible photographs, the insightful author’s note at the start of the book just adds an additional level of appreciation. Thank you Jorge and Christelle for giving us access to some of Hector’s work!

  2. Heidi Alexander (verified owner)

    This is a unique photo book, like no other in my collection.
    There seems to be so much predictable current day imagery about Cuba: old cars, soft light, pretty colors, etc.
    This collection is not of that Cuba: this feels like the real deal.
    It is one which immerses you into the real live, beating heart of the extraordinary Cuban cultural mix and the way the various beliefs and rituals are expressed. Hector went right in the middle of it all with his camera, fearlessly with slow shutter speeds and unreliable film and processing resources. He brings the 2020 viewer a visceral sense of the experiences; some of the images almost shout at you with their power. Others are almost painfully moving.
    Hector’s own words, as well as those of West-Duran, deepen the appreciation of the visual.
    Well done, RAW Society, for realising the importance of this work and bringing it to us.

  3. regi metcalf (verified owner)

    Before I became seriously interested in making photographs, i was an actor. Most of my work was dedicated to Shakespeare: not just acting, but directing and teaching as well. And my favorite way of entering that world was it’s sublime mixture of the sacred and profane nature of the language at it’s highest expression: ribald jokes next to, or included in, the most profound expressions of the universal impulses to create. for me, that is the highest aspiration of all art.

    THAT expression is what Hector Delgado’s photography captures and exemplifies. In the photos we can see that aspiration nakedly AND nudely, both literally and metaphorically. We see both the pain and failure and the joy and celebration of humanness itself. We see, if we allow ourselves to, both ourselves and something more than any of us can express except in communion with others and “the other”.

    And we see more than just what Hector is photographing in the street (although that is more than enough). We also see what may be technical artifacts: after images, double exposures (intentional or not), faint lines and cracks, dust and the grains inherent in the very high ISOs Hector is using to capture images in very dim light.

    Those of us, religious or not, may see these as mere technical “problems” to be excused or ignored. To me, that is a mistake. I see them as part of the way the world itself, by chance or design, enters into the photograph along with the image. Be it by divine means or by “mere chance” (Hector is obviously too intentional an artist for that), these characteristics invite and embody the coming together of the sacred and the profane, much the way a collection of old shells become something more when tossed by a supplicant of an afro-cuban religion: the most humble things become magical.

    That, for me, is what this book is about.
    It’s what all GREAT art is about.

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