Camilo Otero is a Brazilian photographer, mostly known for his black and white images, depicting scenes from ordinary life in South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. Otero’s aesthetics seem to be completely emotionally detached from the subject that he is photographing, as if he simply says to the viewer “this is how things are.” These subjects are not posed, are not dressed up for the occasion, and seem completely honest. The artist has chosen this documentary-style aesthetic to create an image that creates a space for a non-biased relationship between the viewer and the subject matter.
In the Malecón series, Otero captures small moments in Havana’s evocative, 7 km-long sea drive, that many people might pass by without ever noticing. A run-down building, an old car passing. The usually vibrant, lively place, one of the city’s most soulful and quintessentially Cuban thoroughfares, seems in Otero’s photographs as a typology of a world that no longer exists.