CUBA cubanas y cubanos
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CUBA Cubanas y Cubanos involved extensive travels throughout this beguiling country, photographing formally and informally, in meeting places, places of work and leisure, public spaces, domestic surroundings, in country fields and city streets and squares, some of the people, both as individuals and as members of groups and organisations, who make up Cuban society in the 21st century.
A contradiction which, for half a century, has divided opinion and attracted both vehement support and strident opposition; an island of 11 million people, run, until February 2008, by the same man for the whole of this 50 years; a single party state which, at the same time in 2008, held its five yearly democratic elections to the National Assembly and unanimously elected the new President, Raul Castro, to succeed his older brother; an enemy of one Super Power, an ally of a past one, and a firm friend of an emerging one; a small country where the World came to the brink of nuclear war in the 1960's, but whose leaders have since actively followed an internationalist line; a Third World economy with a literacy standing of over 98% and a health service which provides expertise to the developed nations; in 1866, one of the last of the Americas to abolish legal slavery and today possibly the most racially integrated society in the World.
Cuba, formerly a colony of Spain and an industrial and political constituency of the United States of America; since January 1959, an independent, sovereign, socialist republic.
For all Cubanos, their future rests now in the hands of two new presidents, Raul Castro and Barack Obama.
The pages of this dramatically designed book feature 110 large format full colour images with an accompanying essay by the English journalist and writer, Stephen Smith. His book, 'The Land of Miracles', is based on the time Stephen Smith spent in Cuba during, what was called, 'the special period in time of peace', the phase of rationing and severe cutbacks caused by the ending of aid from the former Soviet bloc and the tightening of the United States embargo. He first visited the country in July 1990, before living in Havana during the summer of 1995 and again in the winter of 1995-96. He returned to Cuba in 2004.