July, 2017 - Author of Split Seconds Havana, Abe Kogan is an international entrepreneur, businessman, writer, photographer, ex Formula One racing driver, and film producer. His latest film, Matra Racing/The Rebirth, directed by Christian Dixon, is now on worldwide circulation.
His new photojournalism book Split Seconds Havana is being followed by more photo books of key cities. He has strong views on history repeating itself and why civilizations and more evolve and change.
He is on a mission to photo journalise a sequence of cities, each for their particular attributes and his personal reasons. Split Seconds Havana is the first book in the series, soon to be followed by Florence, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Delhi, London, Paris, and Monaco. They will become a valuable historic collection.
Abe Kogan’s Split Seconds Havana with its collection of black and white photographs is the recipient of the 2017 Gold Medal in the category of photography from the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards.
Frozen in time since 1959 as exemplified by its old American cars, lack of brand name storefronts, and legacy of tired buildings, Havana in the summer of 2015 was at a rare and stressful juncture. Kogan, in the capital mere days before the process of “normalization” began, explains that he wanted to create a record of a “before moment” to be supplemented by an “after moment.”
Fascinated by time, change, and the illusions and trickery of time and change, Kogan realized that Havana qualified as a point in time and space. Simultaneously, he recognized that the forces that imply transformation do not guarantee it, even though bets were on that Havana was set to change in a big way.
The photographs in Split Seconds Havana showcase people, places, and pastimes but are devoid of powerful tropical flavors thanks to Kogan’s cancellation of color, landscapes, and seascapes. Taken during a few days in mid July 2015, they deliberately strip the capital city bare and reveal its inner-city urban pulse, what Kogan calls “the metronome of its Habaneras.”
In the narrative, he comments, “Regardless of how much change is in the cards or how quickly it will manifest, Havana will reinvent itself. The shots presented here cut through the politics and the gossip of endless predictions spun by the international and local rumor mills. They portray a timeless face of Havana, one of the world’s majestic cities.”
“Outstanding new book.” ~ Fraction Magazine
Split Seconds Havana by Abe Kogan; Split Seconds Publishing; Nonfiction; Photojournalism/Photography; Hard Cover ISBN 978-0-997-97850-6 $85