More than 200 professionals, amateurs and students make up the Holguín Photographers Club, officially founded with the name of Arnoldo Martínez, in honor of the master of generations who safeguarded the visual heritage of the northeastern province for several years.
“It is a well-deserved tribute to such an extraordinary photographer, because before, nobody helped you out since they were afraid of losing their jobs to you, but he always gave us a hand every time we had a question or problem. We were amateurs and he would go to the laboratory and teach us the way it should be done, he would say “this is not well developed”, “you gave it more time than needed” or “next time give it less temperature ”, recalls the president of the Club, Alberto Cruz Ruiz, who has more than 40 years in this important trade.
Meanwhile, Christopher Mike Araujo, one of the youngest members of the group, says that “having this group is a dream come true since it gives us the chance to share with other colleagues, exchange, meet, learn. Our province has always been one of the most traditional in the country in this profession and the Club will have an important connotation, since the interaction will allow us to improve professionalism and cultural level”.
Analog, digital, compact, wide-angle, automatic and manual cameras, GoPros and mobile phones come together in the heterogeneous collective, sponsored by Casa de Iberoamérica, whose members range from the most experienced active photographer in the territory to novices who seek to immortalize memories.
Another of its members, Kevin Manuel Noya, pointed out that “among the immediate projections we have it is to link ourselves to the process of computerization of society, actively participate in the dissemination of the province's work, publish a magazine systematically, improve actions on social networks and insert ourselves in the tenth International Festival of Self-taught Photography FotoFest, which is organized every year in the territory during the Pilgrimages of May”.
Thus, the Holguín "Arnoldo Martínez" Photographers Club institutionalizes and strengthens the work of the one created previously in 2013, in order to exchange knowledge and promote the professional improvement of its members, so as to demonstrate the importance of this artistic activity in the preservation of the historical-cultural memory of a tricentennial town.