Herman Puig


About the photographer

Herman Puig (or German Puig). Born in Havana, Cuba. He studied painting and sculpture in Cuba and Audio Visual Techniques in Paris. He started his work on male nudes in Paris nearly 20 years ago, after being assistant to Henri Langlois Director of the Cinemateque Française.
He founded the Cinemateca de Cuba in 1951.
He has worked in film and visual marketing in Spain and has had exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Huelva, Mallorca, Hamburg, Stutgart and Miami, Florida. Herman Puig currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.

"Although Herman is somewhat eccentric personally, his photography is not. His use of black and white is simplicity itself. Their content looks not to impress or shock the viewer into appreciation or reflection, but dares to be simple, beautiful, and bold." Robert Alan Hall.

Elena Garro:

article - Herman Puig arrived without an official position... (Spanish)

Pio E. Serrano:

poem - The stations of Paris (Spanish)

Molina Foix:

article (Spanish)

Jose Antonio Aguado:

poem (Spanish)

Rafael Acosta de Arriba:

awarded essay - The fourth body (Spanish)
  interview - Like a postmodern Diogenes (Spanish)

Juan Cruz:

article - Herman Puig photographs the male nude (Spanish)

Juan Abreu:

article - Emanaciones I (Spanish)


article - Emanaciones II (Spanish)

Alberto Lauro

interview - Germán Puig: La redención por hedonismo (Spanish)

Emmanuel Vincenot

article - German Puig, Ricardo Vigon and Henri Langlois, pioneers of the Cinemateca de Cuba

Manuel Zayas

article - German Puig, un rayo de luz (Spanish)

Quotes by Herman

"I hate classification; it's the pin that kills the butterfly!"

"Happiness gives you what pleasure promises."

"Gertrude Stein said 'A rose is a rose is a rose'. I would like Gertrude Stein to define me!"

"To capture beauty, you only need to be opened to it!"

"Beauty and love are those fugitive things that could justify your life if they could only remain!"

"I don't need to be loved by beauty; my love for beauty is enough."


Anecdotes by Herman

"Through the space under the door I used to spy on the women as they took a bath. This I did when I was 6 years old. Later I was kicked out of a school for drawing naked women. I used to draw naked women because I loved naked women. But because of my restricted view I couldn't draw them from the waist down. So I used to draw them all in bathtubs."

"'Anita's a shot,' the other boys shouted. Anita turned to me and asked, 'What did they say?'
'Anita's a slut,' I answered. And she slapped me hard in the face. I was shocked, so I grabbed her and I kissed her.
'What's going on?' the teacher asked.
'She slapped me in the face,' I said.
'And then what?'
'I kissed her!'
'How could you kiss her,' she asked.
'Well, she's girl,' I said. 'I couldn't slap her!'"

"I used to sit under the mango tree, for hours, ruminating. I would wait until the mangos fell because it meant they were ripe. If they fell too far, I wouldn’t stretch to collect one. Or if one fell within reach but smashed again I wouldn’t touch it. I would wait until the perfect mango fell at my feet.
’Ten years old,’ they said, ’and already an aristocrat!’"

Herman's favourite quotes

"There is no beauty without something strange in its proportions."
- Sir Francis Bacon

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying."
- Woody Allen

"If I should die tomorrow, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do. You can't expect more from life."
- Bruce Lee

"Here lie the remains of a creature that was beautiful without vanity, string with insolence, valient without ferocity and had all the virtues of a man without his defects."
- Lord Byron (a dedication to his dog)

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