Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Communism and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Phillippe Diederich

Passion and attention to detail beget art.
Communism and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, is the result of a photojournalist’s drive to capture the detail of the lives of Cuban Harlistas – Cuban Harley-Davidson bikers – in Havana, in the 90’s.

The essay describes the dusty yet rich subculture of Harlistas making do with every-day materials to build their bike parts to fix and customize vintage Harleys. The pictures in black and white describe the world of a unique subculture that Cuba and vintage Harley-Davidson fans will enjoy.

The photographs were exhibited in the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona Beach under the title of ¡Harlista! Motorcycle Culture in Cuba Today.
Communism and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is also published in the Traveler’s Tales Anthology, Cuba, available at Barnes&Noble and other outlets.

Vintage poster of exhibit
Phillippe Diederich spent fifteen years working as a photojournalist, covering news and events in the U.S. and Latin America for national and international publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine and The Atlantic.

His essays, short stories and journalism have been published in The Miami New Times, Cigar Aficionado and The Houston Literary Review. He now teaches photography at Ringling College of Art and Design and is working towards an MFA in writing, while writing fiction.

Communism and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is now available on Kindle, by Six Volts Publishing, and soon on Ibooks (Itunes). Design and Layout by Barbara Gillespie.

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