James Quine is a St. Augustine, Florida based photographer who specializes in documentary, editorial and fine art photography. He began photographing Latin America in 1980 during a trip to several Caribbean countries to prepare photographs for a book on Spanish colonial archaeology. His personal photographs on that trip inspired a long-standing fascination with Latin-American music, language and culture. Since then, he has traveled and photographed extensively throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico.
Quine’s images of Cuba are part a project that has been ongoing for 17 years. In that time, he has made over a dozen trips to the island and has photographed in Havana and all of Cuba’s 15 provinces. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Cuba. They have also been widely published and represented in public and private collections. Shared Vision, a 2005 project documenting Baracoa, Cuba, for which he acted as director and participating photographer, was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council. That same year, Quine’s work was included in the book and exhibition, Viajeros: North American Artists/Photographers’ Images of Cuba. In 2014, Quine contributed an introduction with images to a definitive book on contemporary Cuban photography, The Light In Cuban Eyes. His book, Cubanos: Photographs of Life in Cuba, 1999-2016, will be published this year.