On 28 September, the awards ceremony for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will take place as part of the European Month of Photography in Berlin. For the first time, Leica will present all winning and shortlisted series in a major exhibition, displayed at the Neue Schule der Fotografie (New School of Photography) in Berlin for the duration of the festival from 29 September to 23 October 2016.
Until the winners of the main and newcomer award have been revealed, we will take a look at the twelve submissions that have made it onto the shortlist – presenting one series each day. Today: “Soul” y Sombras by Fulvio Bugani.
Following his first trip to Cuba, the Italian photographer Fulvio Bugani (*1974) has made the Caribbean island his second home. Fascinated by the people and their lifestyle, Bugani use photography to try and fathom the Cuban soul. The complex images in his series reveal shadows and celebrate light. “More than the absence of light I focused my attention on the presence of shadows which are the evidence of the existence of light: without light, they wouldn’t exist; and the more intense the light, the deeper they are. The shadows were a way for me to show the mystery and complexity of Cuba, which is made up of strong contrasts,” he explains.