Luis Castañeda (Cuba, 1943)


Place of Residency ǀ Lugar de residencia: Miami, Florida, USA




1964-1979 Freelance photographer for National Ballet of Cuba, Musical Theater of Havana and Ministry of Culture, and with the most important publications, like CUBA Magazine among others ǀFotógrafo independiente para el Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Teatro Musical de La Habana y Ministerio de Cultura. Además colaboró con las más importantes publicaciones, como la revista Cuba entre otras.


1979 to the present: Specializes in Travel Photography, visiting without stop more than thirty countries worldwide. His work is represented by several of the most important stock agencies, like The Image Bank (TIB), Getty Images, USA, AGF (Italy), Mauritius (Germany), AGE Fotostock (Spain), Alamy (U.K) and others. His photographs have been used by camera manufacturers like Leica, Hasselblad, LUMIX (Panasonic), MINOX and Olympus for the publicity of their products.    



2006 ‘The Golden Eye’ (Award for photographic achievements)

            International Guild of Media Photographers, Moscow, Russia

1994 ‘Best Latin American Photographer’

           Foto Imagen Magazine, Miami, Florida, USA

1993 ‘Master of the Leica’

            Leica Fotografie International, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1988 ‘Best Picture of the Year’ (Color and B&W)

           Americas Magazine, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington DC, USA

1982 ‘Ortiz-Echagüe Award’ (Tourism-oriented promotional photography),

           The Ministry of Tourism, Madrid, Spain      



2015 Ceilings, Art Bastion Gallery, Wynwood Art Districts, Miami, Florida, USA

2007 Perceptions, PhotoExpo, Moscow, Russian Federation ǀ Percepciones, PhotoExpo, Moscú, Federaciones Rusas

2003 Of People and Places, Leica Factory in Solms, Germany and Clubul Fotografic NUFARUL, Oradea, Romania ǀ Lugares y Gente, Factoria Leica en Solms, Alemania y NUFARUL Club Fotográfico, Oradea, Rumania. Barcelona by LUMIX FZ10, Aoyama Diamond Hall, Tokyo, Japan

1997 Lugares y Gente ǀ Of Places and People, Instituto Guatemalteco-Americano (I.G.A.) Guatemala City, Guatemala



2001 Mein Tag mit Leica, Leica Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

          Caleidoscopio 2001, Grupo Fotográfico Leica, Mirandola, Italia ǀ Kaleidoscope 2001,                   Leica Photographic Group, Mirandola, Italy

1997 Meraviglioso ǀ Realmaravilloso, Cantieri Culturali ex-Macelli, Piazza dei Macelli, Prato, Italy

1994 Magic Moments: 40 Years of Leica M., Photokina ’94. Cologne, Germany

1993 Canto a la Realidad (Fotografía Latinoamericana 1860-1993), Casa de América, Madrid, España ǀ Hymn to Reality (Latin American Photography1860-1993), Casa de America, Madrid, Spain



2011 Beyond the Vision (Master Class of Photographic Inspiration and Technique) Posts & Telecom Press, Beijing, China

2009 “The Best Photographers IV”, PhotoArt Magazine, Prague, Czech Republic

2003 Alessandro Pasi, Leica. Testimone di un Secolo”, Bolis Edizioni slr. Azzano San Paolo, Bergamo, Italy ǀ Alessandro Pasi, “Leica. Testimony of a century”, Bolis Editorial, Azzano San Paolo, Bergamo, Italy

1997 Hasselblad, “The Camera System: 50 Years”, Victor Hasselblad AB. Gothenburg, Sweden

1996 Leica-Gallery vol. II, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz, Germany

1991 “Mayab: donde la piedra se hizo poesía”, Patronato de Servicos Culturales ǀ “Mayab: where the stone became poetry”,  Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

1989 Sentir España ǀ Feel Spain, editorial Iconos, Madrid, Spain. This book participated at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, France, 1990

1987 “Kodak Book of Practical Photography”, the Image Bank, New York, USA

1986  Fotografías Magistrales ǀ Master photographs, Salvat Editores / Kodak, Barcelona, Spain


Luis Castañeda, Red Latern, In Exhibition.

17 x 22 inches, digital print from original film negative, scanned in high resolution. Original Edition: 1/10.


Latin American Art Pavilion ©