Italian photojournalist Ernesto Bazan first traveled to Cuba in 1992 and immediately fell in love with the county and its people; he felt transported to the Sicily of his childhood. After many more trips, Bazan finally moved to Cuba in 1997, documenting daily life, raising a family, and teaching photography classes during the "Special Period." Bazan's images document the country's socioeconomic crisis and the tensions between rich and poor after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the withdrawal of its financial support. He captured the Cuban people's despair and hopelessness as well as their joy, resilience, and dignity of his neighbors. This fourteen-year project--awarded a W. Eugene Smith Fund Award for Humanist Photography--documents the island's struggle to maintain its socialist identity in a post-communist world.
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