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Merrimack Valley

November 5, 2013

Learning culture through photography

Local exhibit features photographers from Dominican Republic


In his photographs, Cabrera said he wants to capture life from birth to death. One of his favorite pictures is of a man sitting at the end of a bench at a property owned by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. While most of the image is dark, the man’s silhouette is partly illuminated by light coming into the old barn. Others on display include a boy looking through a wooden hole with only half of his face showing and a girl with a handful of sea shells.

Diaz was a professional African Haitian Dominican dancer before picking up a camera.

She said her goal as a photographer is to denounce injustices and to document the stories of long-time teachers in her native land. On display are an array of black-and-white photos showing the faces of a singer, a musician and an old man wearing a straw hat with one eye in color.

Through his images, Lama said he wants to show the lives of children. Lama’s photos in the exhibit include a little girl deep in thought in front of a bouquet of flowers at the market, a girl sucking her thumb while cuddled in her father’s arms, and children in silhouette looking at a boat floating on the ocean.

“I like to photograph children because they are the future, and the images captured are the only tangible that we will have later,” Lama said.

Cabrera said it’s important for Dominicans and other ethnic groups living in the Merrimack Valley get to see what life is like in the Caribbean island.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions and, through the photos, you can see that Dominicans are happy, humble, hard workers,” Cabrera said.

“As photographers, we have a great responsibility to represent our culture, and a picture is worth a thousand words,” Diaz said. “It’s an imprint that will be left forever.”

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