During her 25-year career, Tria Giovan’s work—in places ranging from Cuba to the Philippines to the eastern end of Long Island—is defined by her diverse, in-depth, timely and thoughtful exploration of her subjects.
In 1990, she began a project that would comprise 12 month-long trips to Cuba over a six-year period. The resulting monograph—Cuba: The Elusive Island—features 100 images from her multiple trips to the Caribbean and was published by Harry N. Abrams in 1996.
Twenty years later, working to preserve the original 6x9 color negatives, Giovan began to re-edit her images. As a more complex view of the work’s historical significance emerged, Giovan realized she possessed a vital record of elements of a Cuba that, in many ways, no longer exists. The passage of time re-contextualized her original project into a collection of images of a Cuba poised on the brink of change. The culmination of Giovan’s re-edited work is the subject of The Cuba Archive: Photographs 1990-1996, to be published by Damiani in Fall 2017.
Raised in the Caribbean, Giovan’s assignments have allowed her to travel throughout the world. Her work has appeared in Aperture, Esquire, Harper’s, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue, among other publications. In addition to her books devoted to Cuban life, she published Sand, Sea, Sky: The Beaches of Sagaponack in 2012. Exhibited internationally, her work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, and the NY Public Library.