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Country: Cuba

# Author
Place Year
1 Garo_Lachinian_A_boy_swims_out_to_a_raft_l_1144.jpg
Garo Lachinian

Cuba 1994
A boy swims out to a raft leaving Cojimar beach for a final farewell to his father and brothers. The promise of freedom and prosperity coupled with the desperate situation at home caused tens of thousands of Cubans to take to the sea in an attempt to reach Florida, 150km across the water. When Fidel Castro lifted Cuba's tight travel restrictions in August the exodus reached a peak, with some 2,000 departures a day.

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Sebastiao Salgado

Cuba 1988
Sugar-cane harvest. Next to the traditional oxen, tractors are also used to collect the cane. The day before harvesting the leaves are burned off the cane. Ash suspended in the air makes it necessary to protect the eyes with goggles.

3 Daniel_Camus_Street_fight_during_the_rev_30.jpg
Daniel Camus

Cuba 1958
Street fight during the revolution.

4 Laurie_Sparham_Life_inside_a_Cuban_jail._A_831.jpg
Laurie Sparham

Santiago de Cuba Cuba 1987
Life inside a Cuban jail. An inmate of the high security wing of Boniato Prison plays chess with his neighbor.

5 Stephan_Vanfleteren_A_budding_boxer_practices_h_1212.jpg
Stephan Vanfleteren

Havana Cuba 1995
A budding boxer practices his punches on discarded car tires. Former champions - some of advancing years - teach young hopefuls the tricks of the trade in shabby sports halls in the hope of continuing the island's tradition as an Olympic boxing nation. Some boys take up boxing when they're only four years old.

6 Marcello_Bonfanti_Drag_queens_prepare_for_an__2099.jpg
Marcello Bonfanti

Havana Cuba 2004
Drag queens prepare for an underground show. Similar shows happen in neighborhoods all over the city, but need to be advertised through select networks of those in the know. Although macho attitudes remain embedded in Cuban society as a whole, the official stance on sexual minorities has relaxed in past decades.

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