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A Brief Glimpse of Cuba

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A man goes shopping in a local produce market.

A Brief Glimpse of Cuba, photo essay by Michael Stein


In December of 2015, I was fortunate enough to travel to a place few Americans have been permitted to go for decades: Cuba. During my time in Havana, I spent hours upon hours wandering around the city, getting lost, and meeting people. Using a combination of their broken english and my embarrassingly poor Spanish, which I have repeatedly and inaccurately described as “conversational,” I learned a great deal from the people i met. Everyone I encountered was extraordinarily friendly and warm, eager to show me their homes, music, and way of life. One man, after seeing my camera, took me to his home to show me his favorite photos he’d taken over the years.

This city is dripping in life.

This city is dripping in life. It seems to ooze out of the cracks of the gorgeous, decrepit buildings that line the streets of Havana. Every turn provides a new scene, new characters. I would imagine it would take years, if not decades, to capture Havana. I was there less than a month.

Nonetheless, these were some of the people I saw; some of the people that instilled in me a deep gratitude I got even a glimpse of life in Cuba. (Michael Stein)

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Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A father and daughter play outside of their home.

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A woman waits to receive her food rations in a government operated market.

Matanzas, Cuba – December 2015. A member of the Matanzas youth all-star baseball team listens to his coach before taking the field.

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A teenager sits in the door of his home to escape the heat inside.

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A boy runs down an alley, chasing his friends.

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A member of the Habana Compás dance group performs in a bar.

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A man enjoys a cigar on his stoop.

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A boy dances in the street.

Havana Cuba – December 2015. A boy leaps off a ledge in a Havana park.

Havana Cuba – December 2015. A woman watches children play in the street.

Havana, Cuba – December 2015. A fruit vendor waits for his next customer.

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