Jorge lives in Havana since 1950. Together with a very successful career as a PhD in Biological Sciences mainly devoted to cancer treatment research, Jorge has cultivated photography since he was a kid, mainly influenced by his father, an MD with a special love for this art.
In the mid 60’s he became interested in street and documentary photography using his father's Leica IIIB and b/w film. His photographic learning and work as an aficionado continued while studying in Havana University, and later on during his long career in biomedical research. In 2001, with the advent of high resolution digital photography, Jorge decided to also work as a professional freelance photographer and share time with science. After his official retirement from research in 2015, most of his time is now into fine art photography and the teaching of photography.
Thematically, Jorge’s interests are very diverse. His work, mainly done in Cuba, but also in several other countries, is mostly centered around documentary (street and countryside) photography, with casual portraits, everyday life, and a combination of people within architectural contexts (emulating the French “New Wave” cinematographic style) as main themes. Despite the aforementioned, first with b/w film in the 70’s, and now with digital photography, ballet has also occupied and important place in his production. Jorge has worked for the prestigious Alicia Alonso’s National Ballet of Cuba, the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company, and most recently, the Acosta Danza Company, founded by the Cuban Star of the London Royal Theater, Carlos Acosta. Finally, nature photography has been also part of Jorge’s passion since 2010, and has led him to act as president or member of the jury in international photography contests, organized by the Cuban Federation of Sub Aquatic Activities, and by the Topes de Collantes Biosphere protected area.
Jorge’s photographic work has been shown in 15 personal exhibits, and in 12 collective shows, in Cuba, the USA, Spain, and Italy. His art is part of private collections in Cuba, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the USA, Argentina, England, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Colombia.
Jorge is a member of the Fototeca de Cuba, the Cuban Association of Social Communicators (ACCS), and the Cuban Association of Writers and Artists (UNEAC). He contributes with digital photography courses in the Fototeca de Cuba, the ACCS, and the Cuban Cinematographic Arts and Industry Institute. Since 2002, Jorge is an invited professor the “José Martí” International Institute of Journalism of Havana, and has delivered conferences on digital photography at the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) of Reno, Nevada. His first text book “Digital Photography: Theory and Practice” (in Spanish) was recently published by the Colima University, in Mexico. Since 2012, Jorge collaborates as assistant photographer with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in its Cuba activities, and is co-instructor for some of the school’s “unplugged” programs in this country.
Jorge’s photography work, including his self-published photography books, can be examined in his website: http://gavilondophoto.com/