05/02/2013 03:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jock McDonald's 'Havana: The Longview' Brings Cuban Lore To San Francisco (PHOTOS)

Gallery 16

In 1966 Ed Ruscha photographed every photograph on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, turning his fascination with banality into an iconic work containing bits of LA's aesthetic, history and dry wit. Photographer Jock McDonald brought Ruscha's spirit into Cuban territory for his latest exhibition, titled, "Havana: The Longview."


For the photographic journey, McDonald captured the five mile stretch of Cuba's iconic Malecón boulevard. Built over the lengthy period from 1901 to 1952, the seaside road hosted speeches by Cuban icons including Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. As the winding site of history unfurling, The Malecón embodies the regenerated spirit and inherent contradictions of Cuban life.

"Havana: The Longview" will run from May 3 until June 1 at Gallery 16 in San Francisco.

Jock McDonald