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    Catherine Losing/Anna Lomax: Cuban Shop Windows (detail)

Photography: Catherine Losing and Anna Lomax celebrate Cuban shop windows

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Cuba – and Havana in particular – is one of those places that immediately conjures up certain visual connotations; brightly coloured walls, slightly battered classic American cars, cigar-toting dandies. But there’s another site of the Caribbean island – the mundane manifestations of its decades as a committed Communist state.

Bereft of the trappings of capitalist consumerism, the shop windows display a rather sad selection of goods; the cheap, the dull and the practical. Photographer Catherine Losing and set deigner Anna Lomax have taken this idea and photographed these objects – plastic chairs, toilet rolls, fans and the like – in the trendy visual vernacular found in the product shoots of countless glossy magazines.

The results are tremendous images and a thought-provoking project to boot.

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    Catherine Losing/Anna Lomax: Cuban Shop Windows

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    Catherine Losing/Anna Lomax: Cuban Shop Windows

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    Catherine Losing/Anna Lomax: Cuban Shop Windows

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.