Architect Jorge Rigau graduated from Cornell University and holds a Masters degree in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He directed the Department of Cultural Affairs for that institution and the Student Arts League of San Juan. First Executive Director of the Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico, Rigau has practiced his profession since 1980,having been elevated to Fellow status by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2000. As one of the finest researchers of turn-of-the-century architecture in the Hispanic Caribbean, Rigau has authored the books Puerto Rico 1900 (1992) and Havana/LaHabana (1994). For years, he has been a newspaper critic, having produced a number of writings, articles and projects that have received local and international awards. For more than a decade, Rigau has directed innumerable research and built projects,most related to architecture, urbanism and conservation in the Antilles.
Known for its exotic exports, including sofrito, rum, coffee, and Rita Moreno, Puerto Rico exudes Old World charm. Experience this captivating Caribbean island in Puerto Rico Then and Now. Through pairs of past and present photographs, youll see Puerto Ricos beloved landmarks like youve never seen them before. Puerto Rico is rich in colonial architecturenote the city walls, fortifications, cobblestone streets, hanging balconies, and plazas found throughout Old San Juan, Puerto Ricos distinctive, historical center. Tour La Fortaleza, which once housed Puerto Ricos stores of gold and silver. Over the years, it survived an attack by Sir Francis Drake, earthquakes, tsunamis, and many hurricanes. Today, La Fortaleza is the governors mansionthe worlds oldest such residence in continuous use. Visit Casa Blanca, the ancestral home of Juan Ponce de Leon, Puerto Ricos first governor. The Ponce de Leon family lived here for more than 250 years; today its patio and gardens are highlights of the Casa Blanca museum. Revisit the beloved Castillo Valdz, built by the founders of Cerveceria Indiaone of Puerto Ricos favorite breweries. Legend has it that Seor Valdz passed out cold beers to locals when the Castillo was demolished to make way for a modern Hilton hotel.Puerto Rico Then and Now (Then & Now Thunder Bay)
Puerto Rico Mio
Delano, who first visited Puerto Rico in 1941 as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, returned 40 years later to film again the Puerto Rican landscapes and lives he had come to love. Introduced by four brief essays in both English and Spanish by Delano and educator Arturo Morales Carrion, art historian Alan Fern and anthropologist Sidney W. Mintz, the 175 duotones collected here reflect “the ambiguous, divided situation of a country with which the North Americans have not known how to cope.” But Delano’s editorial eye proves implacably unimaginative, undermining the power of his photographic vision. The images are organized according to two indefatigably repeated principles: contrast (in one spread, tobacco fields of decades past abut a new housing development) and timeless constancy (another pair of photos depicts sugarcane laborers of 1941 and 1981 who are all but identical). Yet, taken individually, his pictures include honest, beautiful, persuasive portraits of farmers and their mules, exquisitely specific domestic still lifes, and poetic evocations of anonymous solitudes.
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Puerto Rico Mio is an extraordinary collection from two series of photographs: the first taken when Delano first went to Puerto Rico with the Farm Security Administration in 1941-42 and the second when he rephotographed those same places in the 1980s.