Carlos Otero Blanco

Carlos Otero Blanco is a photographer who specializes in underwater photography. Despite the fact that Carlos left Cuba after finishing high school in Havana to study hydrogeologic science in a university institute of the city of Novocherkas, Russia, he recalls art was always his main interest. In fact, in the cruise ship that took him to the late Soviet Union, he was already shooting b/w film with a Zorki camera, one of the few available in Cuba in the 80’s. Carlos recalls that very soon after arriving to Russia, he was already doing extracurricular activities with the institute’s photographer and starting to learn the trade. So, back to Cuba with a university title, Carlos never really went into what he study abroad, but instead sold his old Moskvich soviet car and bought his first digital cameras. Since then, photography has been the main tool for his artistic drive, with a wide range of thematic interests that span from documentary photography, to portraiture, to conceptual art, and nature.

In documentary photography, Carlos is probably best known for his photographic study on Cuban bedrooms, with hundreds of these shot all over Cuba since 2009. This effort of years (still ongoing) has led to a specific book (“Dormir con…” [“To Sleep with…”], co-authored by Enrique Rottenberg), has been shown in several national and international exhibits, and in recently featured articles in the New York Times (https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/cubas-secret-bedrooms/), other publications, and books on Cuban photography.

Carlos is also a deep lover of nature and adventure photography. He has done studies in subaquatic archeology, and holds several diving master and instructor international titles. In consequence, Carlos is a certified subaquatic photographer and video instructor, and has participated in apnea and diving productions, and has won prizes in three international subaquatic photography contests.

Carlos's photographs have been shown in more than twenty national and international (Spain, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Holland, and the USA) personal and collective exhibits. His photos are part of public and private collections worldwide, of which those of Hans Nader (Germany), the Sandretto family (Italy), Rubin (New York), Fototeca de Cuba, and the Moka Museum in Los Angeles, are among the most important.

Carlos presently photographs digitally and with film (35 and 120 mm), and uses color and black and white. He has collaborated as an assistant with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Cuba since 2011 as an assistant photographer and an instructor. His website is http://www.carlosoterofotos.com/new-gallery/.

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