Luis Castañeda

Welcome to Luis Castañeda’s fine art photography award winning website, a showcase of images (Photographs) prepared and printed following the strict standards of museum preservation, using the best materials and hardware.

Fine Art Photography

“Fine Art Photography is photography created primarily as a personal expression of the photographer’s vision”.

Over good 40 years, mainly engaged in the production of travel photographs for stock agencies, most of my work followed the guidelines of this type of professional work. Nevertheless, this did not stop me from always to be on the lookout for moments that allowed me to create photographs for the sole sake of art and expression alone. I have always believed that good photographs are never made: they just happen! As my archives grew and grew with images that I have gathered from different countries, also grew a collection of photographs that belong to Fine Art Photography. In this web page you will find a selection of these.

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My Story

I was born near the sea, on an island whose society and environment opposed and oppressed my natural feelings of  freedom and self-identity.

Life was a constant struggle to preserve my ideas, used to discover and shape the image of my own identity, both as an artist and human being.

Finally , after endless hardships, I was blessed  with the opportunity to escape from that national jail and enter the world, free to travel and go where I please.

I was 39 years old. I was born again. I was free.

My thirst for travel was never quenched as I began searching for that ideal place that I could call home.

The journey is still not over and the place that I am looking for may only exist in my dreams, or the next day when I open my eyes…

I have no country. The world is my country.

I have no family.  Mankind is my family.

(Prologue to “Wanderer”.  A Photographic Collection of my first 30 years of traveling).

Brief Biographic Data

Luis Castañeda was born in Havana, Cuba in 1943. Moved to Spain in 1979 and came to the United States in 1985, residing in Miami, Florida and becoming US Citizen in 1991 while constantly traveling worldwide professionally engaged in stock photography with several prestigious agencies that represent his work in many countries, like Getty Images, Alamy, Mauritius and AGE Fotostock among others.

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Luis Castañeda started soon to work as a pro. His career celebrates this year his 53rd anniversary as professional photographer. His work covers many fields with no real specialization other than Photography itself. In Cuba he worked in close relationship with the Ministry of Culture and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba for many years. Always involved in the cultural scene worldwide, he has published several books, written articles in the best photographic magazines, given seminars and workshops in several countries and worked as technical consultant with camera manufacturers, like Leica, Hasselblad and Panasonic.
His work has received many prestigious awards, like “The Ortiz-Echagüe Award” (Spain), “Master of the Leica”(Germany) and “The Golden Eye” (Russia).


Collective Exhibitions

1977                        “Alicia Alonso”

  Museo Numismático. Banco Nacional de Cuba. La Habana. Cuba.

1983                       “The Image Bank – An Intimate Look”

  The Neikrug Gallery. New York. USA.

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1988                       “Sunrise to Sunrise”. ASMP.

  Picture South Florida. The Historical Museum. Miami. Florida. USA.

1993                       “Canto a la Realidad” (Fotografía Latinoamericana 1860-1993)

  Casa de América. Madrid. Spain.

1994                       “Magic Moments” – 40 Years of Leica M.

  Photokina ’94. Cologne. Germany.

 “Herencia Hispana en América”

  Florida Museum of Hispanic & Latin American Art. Miami. Florida. USA.

1997                       “Realmaravilloso – Fotografia Latinoamericana”

  Cantieri Culturali ex-Macelli. Prato. Italy.

1998                       “A Summer Wedding”

  Leica Gallery. New York. USA.

1999                         “Mostra Fotografica Colettiva”

  Gruppo Fotografico Leica. Arezzo. Italy.

 “Seconda Rassegna Fotografica Internationale”  Marghera Fotografia.

  Monteverdi di Marghera (Veneto) and Leica Gallery (Milan) Italy.

2000                       “Gruppo Fotografico Leica”

  Istituto Italiano de Cultura Colonia. Cologne. Germany.

 “Magic Moments-II” A Leica-M Exhibition.

  World Traveling Exhibit. Leica Gallery. New York. USA.

2001                        “Mein Tag mit Leica”

  Leica Gallery. Prague. Czech Republic.

 “Seconda Mostra Colletiva”

  Gruppo Fotografico Leica. San Felice sul Panaro (Modena) Italy.

 “Caleidoscopio 2001”.

  Gruppo Fotografico Leica. Mirandola. Italy.

2008                      “¡CUBA! Art and History from 1868 to Today”.

  The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Canada.

2014                       “Tributo”

  Cuban-American Phototheque Foundation. Miami. Florida. USA

 “Comunidades de Mar”

  LatinAmerican Art Pavilion. Red Dot. Miami. Florida. USA

2015                        “Caribbean Colorful Diversity”

  Miramar Cultural Center and Latin American Art Pavilion. Florida. USA

 “Niña/Pinta/Santa Maria”

  Miramar Cultural Center and Latin American Art Pavilion. Florida. USA

 ”Art Solutions”

  MindWarehouse. Miami. Florida. USA

2016                          People on the Move”

  Amnesty International Exhibition at Art Bastion. Wynwood Art District. Miami. Florida. USA

2017                         “Documenta”

  Art&Design Gallery and Latin American Pavilion. Miami. Florida. USA.

2018                         “Documenta-2”

 Art&Design Gallery and Latin American Pavilion. Miami. Florida. USA.


Personal Exhibitions

1978                         “Actors and Actresses – Portraits”

  Teatro Musical de La Habana. Cuba.

1988                         “Lorca in Motion”  (100th Anniversary of F.Garcia Lorca)

  Coconut Grove Playhouse. Florida. USA.

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1992                         “Mayab: Where Poetry is Written on Stone”

  Florida International University. Miami. Florida. USA.

1995                         “Of People and Places”

  Leica Gallery. Solms. Germany.

1997                         “Lugares y Gente”

  Instituto Guatemalteco-Americano (I.G.A.) Guatemala City. Guatemala.

 “Arquitectura Maya”

  Museo Popol Vuh. Universidad Francisco Mallorquín. Guatemala City. Guatemala.

1998                         “Venezia in bianco e nero”

  Leica Gallery. Milan. Italy.

 “Arquitectura Maya”

  Museo Arqueológico. Retalhuleu. Guatemala.

1999                       “Mostra Fotografica Unica”

  Galleria Images on the Road by Giovenzzana. Milan. Italy.

2000                       “A Tutto Campo”. Soggetiva 2000.

  Salla delle Arti. Collegno (Torino) Italy.

2003                       “Of People and Places”

  Clubul Fotografic NUFARUL. Oradea. Romania.

 “Barcelona by LUMIX FZ10”

  Aoyama Diamond Hall. Tokyo. Japan.

2005                        “ LUMIX Photography”

  Emirates-America Cup Team Headquarters. Auckland. New Zealand.

2007                        “Perceptions”

  PhotoExpo. Moscow. Russian Federation.

2009                        “Luis Castañeda: Gallery of Pictures”

  Panasonic Traveling Gallery. Miami. USA – Singapore – Amsterdam (Netherland)  and Las Vegas. USA.

 “Luis Castañeda – Restrospektive”

  Leica Galerie Frankfurt.  Rahn Foto Fine Art GmbH. Germany

2011                        “The Journey”.  50 B&W Photographs by Luis Castaneda

  Chinese Photographers Association Gallery. Beijing. China.

2015                         “Ceilings”

  Art Bastion Gallery. Wynwood. Miami. Florida. USA

2017 “Danzzaria”

  Coral Springs Museum of Arts and Latin American Art Pavilion. Florida. USA.

2018 “Danzzaria”

  Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Latin American Art Pavilion. Florida. USA.


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1978 “Ortiz-Echagüe Award” (For Tourism-oriented promotional photography)

  Ministry of Tourism. Madrid. Spain.

1988 “Best Picture of the Year” (Color and B&W).

  “Américas” Magazine. Organization of American States (OAS). Washington DC. USA.

1995                         “Master of the Leica”

  Leica Fotografie International. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.

1997                         “Best Latin American Photographer”

  Foto Imagen Magazine. Miami. Florida. USA

2006                         “The Golden Eye of Russia Award” (For photographic achievements)

  International Guild of Media Photographers. Moscow. Russia.



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“Sentir España (Spanish Edition)”

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“Mayab: Dónde la piedra se hizo poesía = where poetry is written in stone”

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“Beyond the Vision – Master Class of Photographic Inspiration and Technique (Chinese Edition)”

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