New photobook by Thierry Le Goues documents Cuban boxing in the last 8 years

Posted: 07-Jan-16 10:14

A recently published book by renowned fashion photographer, Thierry Le Goues, beautifully captures and documents different moments of the last decade of Cuban boxing in a period spanning the last eight years. Through vivid images, the book narrates the way boxing is practiced in Cuba, which fascinated the French photographer. With Cuba being widely known around the world for producing some of the planet's best boxing champions, the book offers a more personal insight into this extremely popular sport with years of award-winning history and tradition.

New photobook by Thierry Le Goues documents Cuban boxing in the last 8 years

Paying tribute to Cuba’s national team of boxers - which holds more Olympic medals in this sport than any other country in the world - a new photobook by accomplished French photographer, Thierry Le Goues manages to beautifully and seamlessly capture the unique way in which this rather peculiar Caribbean island epitomises, practices and hails this sport whilst creating the perfect for hotbed for emerging global champions.

Titled “Havana Boxing Club” this book encompasses eight years of Cuban boxing history and hard work from Thierry, who travelled back and forth to the island during this rather long period of time in order to compile the perfect selection for his book. He didn’t just take a few snapshots of Cuba’s boxing traditions at a moment in time, instead, in order to make for a more compelling and in-depth depiction, he captured the “evolution” of boxing in Cuba through the lens, or rather perhaps, the lack of it, as boxing traditions, practice, coaching and facilities remain much as they were a decade ago.

As the source reveals, Thierry was reportedly enamoured with the way Cubans approached boxing and this fascination led him to the idea of creating a book and taking a good amount of time to do it.

According to multi-talented and multi-faceted Le Goues, Cuban boxers:

“… fight for the true joy of the sport, since there’s no money involved, they train, train and train.”

Havana Boxing Club gives an honest and raw portrayal of Cuba’s boxing schools and the determination of aspiring young boxers with a collection of mostly black and white photographs, no make-up added, virtually no filters and very little posing. Through these images you can truly immerse in this somewhat gritty and unpolished fighting world, see Cuban boxers in action, whether it’s in full fighting mode, training or getting into full gear.

To achieve the depth and breadth that this photograph compilation encompasses, Thierry spent countless hours in various training facilities all around the country. He approached various coaches and developed relationships with some of his subjects while following the rise and fall of several talents and wannabes.

Born in the French town of Brest, Thierry Le Goues is perhaps most famous for being a fashion photographer after having snapped several celebrities (the likes of Beyonce, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell and Alicia Keys) and produced an array of advertising campaigns for Cartier, Paco Rabbane, Hermes, Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, Zadig & Voltaire and Boucheron, among others.

Founder of the weekly French Revue de Mode, he has also managed to combine his work in fashion with more kaleidoscopic cultural pursuits, having gained worldwide recognition for photographing indigenous people from South America with a collection titled Les Indiens du Guatemala et Lacandons.


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