1996 Photo Contest, Daily Life, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Ernesto Bazan

Contrasto

01 January, 1995

Cuba remains one of the last monuments to Marxism. Leader Fidel Castro (69), may occasionally don civilian clothes, but his concessions to capitalism don't compromise the communist creed. The 'special period' Castro proclaimed after the fall of the Soviet Bloc brought much hardship, but no one has come forward to challenge his leadership. With great resilience and resourcefulness Cubans eke out a living cutting sugar cane or trading. Despite all the dearth and discomfort, there is also time for play, celebration and romance.

About the photographer

Ernesto Bazan

Ernesto Bazan was born in Palermo in 1959. He received his first camera when he was 14 years old and began photographing daily life in his native city and in the rural areas of S...

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