Modern & Contemporary Art

specialises in framed modern and contemporary art by 20th century artists


Keith Cardwell


Born in UK, Leeds College, London and Goldsmith’s College, London. Now resides in Kent, UK – “It seems to me that I have been preparing all my life to make photographs of the Cuban experience. I have the language. I know how to make pictures, and Cuba provides me with the voice. The very essence, the core of this work, lies in the loss that will inevitably occur when Fidel Castro dies. His dreams have become reality on this magical island, and at best the photographs oscillate between reality and mystery – in short, Cubana.” Published in 2005.
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Solo shows:
Flamenco and recent work, Plaza del Armas, Havana Cuba
Flamenco Dancers. Café Metropole. Savannah. GA
Sidcup Cowboys, West Bank Gallery, Savannah. GA
Race Against Time, Hales Gallery, London
East Enders, Greenwich Festival, London

Celebrations, China photographs, Citizen’s Gallery London
Ireland photographs, Gallery on the Heath, London
China photographs, Neal Street, London
Ilford Gallery, Colour work, 1986/90
Ilford Gallery, Black and White work, 1986/90

Silver Gelatin Prints
Edition 100
30×40 cm
Unframed £145
Framed £200

Bicycle in the rain
“Havana in June, the weather is hot, sticky and wet all on the same day.  The Grand Teatro in the background is where Cuba dances its heart out.”         Untitled 79

Bolshoi Ballerinas         Compay Segundo
At the National Theatre, Havana, on the night he auctioned his hat.  Later he admitted to having more hats at home.

Fidel         Jumping ballerinas

Untitled 65
Flamenco dancers, Havana, 1998         Untitled 67
Dancers jumping

and the street Graham Greene references in “Our man in Havana.  Just an ordinary day, dog fights and the local drunk.”         Untitled 69

Untitled 70         Untitled 71

Untitled 72         Untitled 66
Smoking Ballerina

Untitled 87
Tobacco farmer Trinidad de Cuba 1973         Motorcycle Compostela

Untitled 80         Untitled 82

Untitled 85         Rosa Flamenco de Cuba at the Grand Teatro
“She plays on her Game-boy while stretching after a long mornings rehearsal.”

Untitled 81         Untitled 86
El Capitan – The Old Man and the Sea, Coijimar near Havana

Other Exhibitions:

Black and White, three-person show, Chace-Randall Gallery, 2005

Cuba project. Working closely with Alberto Diaz Korda on his first American show and the Cuba Si opening at The National Theatre in September 2000 and four major venues in the UK

Peopling London, Museum of London, Barbican Centre, London

First African Baptist Church, Savannah Georgia. Extensive photo essay on the oldest Black Church in North America and its community. Exhibition featured in Atlanta during the Olympics in 1996 and 1997 at the Photofusion Gallery, London

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Savannah Georgia. Permanent exhibition on the African-American experience.

Doctor Martin Luther King Jnr Observance Day Parade, exhibition and catalogue. Photo Documentary students and myself.

The National Trust Guide to Savannah, Roulhac Toledano. Worked with writer and Historic Preservation Society to photograph architectural treasures in Savannah.

Beach Institute. African American Cultural Centre. Commissioned by Director Carroll Green to produce an exhibition on the Ulysses Davis sculpture collection

1996 Olympic Yachting Events Project. Organised three MA graduate students and myself to cover the sailing events in Savannah GA. Permanent exhibition and book.

Atlanta Ballet. Photographs from a five month project. ‘Backstage’ Exhibited in Fox Theatre, Atlanta GA.

Savannah Jazz Festival,. Students and myself photographing the events of the Jazz Weekend in Savannah, Exhibition 95 pieces.

Amish Project. Photography of Amish community South Carolina, 1997/98

Organised and curated the Burt Glinn exhibition (senior Magnum Photographer) at the Fototeca du Cuba Jan 2001.

Writing for Black and White Magazine, critics on photographers and their work.

Select Public and Private Collectors


Telfair Museum Savannah, 45 fine art photographs.
Savannah College of Art and Design – approx 300 fine art photographs.
Naples Museum of Art. Florida. 10 fine art photographs.
Zoe Randall, Chace-Randall Gallery, 6 fine art photographs
Burt Glinn collection NYC. Burt is a Magnum Photographer of long standing.
Getty Museum, Los Angeles


Fototeca de Cuba, Museum of Photography Havana, 25 fine art photographs, including the Amish portraits from South Carolina, USA.
Private collectors including Cuban Ministers, e.g. Arts Minister.
Alberto Diaz Korda collection. Dancers of Cuba. portraits of Cuban artists.
Mario Diaz, Henri Cartier Bresson portrait and other Cuban Dance material.
Jose Figeroua, various collection, e.g. Jack Nicholson in Havana. and documentary work Through Cuba and UK.

United Kingdom

National Portrait Gallery. London, various portraits including The Old Man on the Sea. The character from Hemmingway’s noble prize winners book.
Museum Of London, substantial collection Peopling London, e.g. Muslim and various communities London.  250 Black and White and colour photographs.
Colleges and institutions throughout the UK.

Related Experience

Freelance Photographer, 1978 to Present
Commissioned in the UK, Europe, Russia, Africa, Cuba, United States and China for portraiture, child photography, industrial, still life and commercial photography work for a wide variety of magazines, childcare agencies, promotional and commercial organisations and general clients.
Interprets written and oral briefs to effect creative visualization. Session arrangements, liaison with models and subjects, session direction, use of contact sheets and proofs and production of selected prints.
Knowledgeable in the use of a wide range of equipment.
Curator and organiser of photographic exhibitions.
Lectures on Photography.

Professor of Photojournalism/Special Projects Photographer/exhibition curator.
Communication Department, Savannah College of Art and Design. Georgia USA
September 1995 – June 1999

Notable achievements
First living British Photographer to exhibit in Havana, Cuba. Major retrospective of
50 years of Cuban Photography Cuba Si at the Royal National Theatre, London
10 Cuban photographers and myself. Sept.~ Nov.2000. Moving on to four other UK locations.

Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah. The purchase of 45 prints for their archive.

Cowboy and Indians magazine Santa Fe ‘Along the English Frontier’ P/essay.

Photo Art International. Cover and seven pages.

Ten solo exhibitions at various galleries including two six week shows at the Ilford Gallery. London W1.

Six competition prizes, including Portfolio Prizes in the South Bank Festival of Photography. London 1990 ~ 1995.

Honorary professorship from Guangxi Province University in China. Lecturer in fine Arts for one month periods, 1988 ~ 1994.

Adviser to the Children’s Palace in Guilin, 1992. Named: ‘ Fellow Villager’ by the Mayor of Guilin City. Conceived, designed and produced a book entitled Cradle of Prodigies, published in China, January 1994.

Tutor of landscape photography on Photo/workshops, France 1988-1993

Contributed cover and major articles in The British Journal of Photography.

Leica Fotografia magazine, Germany. Six pages in four languages, featuring the First African Baptist Church, Savannah GA.

Photography Officer for the Greenwich Arts Board; grants and awards – 1987/90

Annual Lecture at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland 1998.

AG Magazine, cover and six pages February 2002.’Aspects of Childhood’

Black and White Photography Magazine. Articles on the Cuban experience.

Alerto Diaz Korda and Flamenco Stories. October 2001 and January 2002.


Extensive photography of children for the ‘Be My Parent’ magazine, publisher by the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering.

Publicity and public relations work throughout the UK for the Catholic Children’s Society, 1980~1995

Photography for The Guardian / The Observer Newspapers and magazines.

Working with photo editors for a wide variety of magazines. Assignments have comprised 10 visits to Mainland China, as well as travel to Tibet, Europe, USA, Russia, Mexico, Ireland and Cuba.