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A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LIGHT: FACES OF CUBA
BEYOND GROUND ZERO: FACES OF NYC ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
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 A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LIGHT: FACES OF CUBA

Since October 1960 the United States has enforced an embargo against the people of Cuba as a means of attempting to create pressure to force political change in Cuba.  Related policies essentially have ignored the individuality of all Cuban citizens.  Consequently, this project was inspired by the following quote from Three Heroes by Jose Marti:  "In the world there must be a certain amount of honor and respect, just as there must be a certain amount of light."  Summarily, I traveled to every province in Cuba to capture images reflecting the dignity of the Cuban people and to proffer they deserve to be treated with honor and respect, not as faceless pawns targeted by the U.S. government in its protracted intimidation designed to undermine the overall success and well-being of a sovereign nation.  Additional images from this project may be viewed via the following link:


 
 
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My_Lady_r.jpg
Guantanamo

Santiago_Family.jpg
Santiago de Cuba

Jose.jpg
Cienfuegos

Camaguey_Couple.jpg
Camaguey

Louis_Ordenis.jpg
Trinidad, Sancti Spiritis

Las_Tunas.jpg
Las Tunas
Farmers_Market.jpg
Ciego de Avila
Habana_Station_Wagon_r.jpg
Ciudad de la Habana
Belke.jpg
Trinidad, Sancti Spiritis
Matanza_Flags.jpg
Matanza
Pinar_Eyes.jpg
Pinar del Rio
Gerona_Clothes_Pins.jpg
Gerona, Isla de la Juventud
Imperialism.jpg
Villa Clara
La_Habana_Tire.jpg
La Habana
Cueto_Dance_Program.jpg
Cueto, Holguin
Herb_Shop.jpg
Cienfuegos
Guitar_Malecon.jpg
Ciudad de la Habana
Nuevitas_Motorcycle.jpg
Nuevitas, Camaguey
Mothers_Day.jpg
Ciudad de la Habana
La_Victoria_School.jpg
La Victoria, Isla de la Juventud

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