Michael Eastman: Havana at Michael Hoppen Gallery, LondonAesthetic Magazine March 12, 2013
A photograph shows a tea green room with decorated marble flooring. The back wall is half-covered with jade wood panelling, and against it sit seven wood-backed, red-cushioned seats. Beside them is a black grand piano. The ceiling is an ornate stone carving and the door to the room is surrounded by a simple lead-lined, stained glass design. The image would be an embodiment of affluence, except the fabric of the room and all the furniture in it is in a process of decay. The marble floor is marked and most of the chairs are without their backboards. The piano is missing parts of its shiny black casing. The paint at the bottom of the walls is scuffed and worn, and most of the elaborate ceiling stonework has fallen away, leaving a gaping green hole at its centre.
The photograph was taken by Michael Eastman and is titled, Music Room, Havana.
Michael Eastman’s Havana - Fading glory of hidden Caribbean gem...Rob Wilkes, We Heart January 9, 2013
Into this world of extravagantly-finned sedans and flamboyant architecture dives photographer Michael Eastman in his collection Havana. This is a world of faded glory, crumbling grandeur and decaying prosperity. The seized homes of the former ruling elite stand as flaking metaphors to the once opulent, now somewhat down-at-heel nation, beautifully captured by the self-taught American. Take a peeling pastel nostalgia trip with a selection of Eastman’s images at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery, Jubilee Place, throughout February and March this year.