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Ciudad grande

by Nicholas Laughlin on September 18, 2010

Lithograph from Puck magazine (1898), advocating US intervention in Cuba. Image courtesy the New-York Historical Society In New York throughout the nineteenth century, new immigrant communities were formed. The numbers were still small — in the early 1860s, we learn, about 1,300 Spaniards and Latin Americans lived in New York — but they grew. Poets, [...]


“I call them neighbours”

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 30, 2010

Rafael Ferrer c. 1969. Photograph courtesy Da Wire When a critic referred to his style as “faux primitivism,” Ferrer objected that the characterisation was based on a prejudice about the people he depicted rather than on his way of painting them. “They can call the people in the paintings natives or they can call them [...]