Our Woman in Havana

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During the summer, the principals at New York's Wax Music & Sound Design pawned their pool table and transformed their Manhattan loft into a mixed-media art gallery. "We wanted to create a more enriching experience," says Wax's marketing director Julia Frodahl. "One that reflects what's important to us." Frodahl trolled various artistic circles in search of a debut exhibitor, but ended up choosing a client: Dawn McCarthy, an art director at Merkley Newman Harty in New York, who recently returned from a month-long photography workshop in Cuba armed with an impressive portfolio, edited by top-tier Magnum shooters. The show, a combination of 35mm and Polaroid prints, is a moody and intimate peek into Cuban homes and public places. "A lot of my pictures show people in a strange state, like their body is there, but their mind is someplace else," McCarthy says. "Others show parts of people; a foot or an arm, but not the entire person, so the story is left only half told. That's my way of seeing things - everything's a bit of a mystery." At right is McCarthy herself in Cuba; at left is one of her photographs, titled "Backstage." The Wax show runs through December and can also be viewed at dawnmccarthy.com.
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