PHOTOGRAPHER JOSHUA OSBORNE EMBARKED ON A JOURNEY TO CUBA’S CAPITAL TO DOCUMENT MALE SUBCULTURES.
London-based photographer Joshua Osborne was aware of Cuba’s cultural iconography for a long time – the dancing, the music, and the cigars – but it was the boxing reputation of the island that fascinated him.
With this, Osborne set off to Havana with his camera, 20 rolls of film and a focus on documentary style and street casting. The result is his debut book HABANABOY, an intimate look at the diverse male characters of Havana: boxers, drag queens, skaters, workers, and hustlers.
Despite the focus being on subcultures, and not gender, Osborne reveals he was drawn to photographing males, he was interested in the different aspects and perceptions of masculinity and how that is changing in modern times.
While the notion of subcultures is a vein through the book, individual personality is what truly shines through in each portraits – a refreshing alternative depiction of Cuba from the scenic shots we are used to seeing.
Osborne’s imagery portrays the bright energy and diversity of a younger generation.