Cuba 2016: Transition

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Jenny Jiang visited Cuba between Feb. 10-17, 2016 to photograph the country’s transition to a more open economy (and possibly, society) during the twilight of the Castro regime.

Her photo essay, “Cuba in Transition”, highlights the country’s tourism-driven revitalization, the nascent private enterprises or cuentapropistas, and the disparate access to transportation, dining, and lodging between foreigners and the average Cuban.

The supplementary photo galleries offer a glimpse into Cuba’s recent history, beginning with Meyer Lansky and the American Mafia’s dominance of Havana’s hotels, nightclubs, and casinos in the 1940s and 50s, the Revolution, and the harsh effects of the U.S. embargo in place for more than half a century.

Special thanks to author and historian Michael Namikas for organizing the trip, which took place 14 months after President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba.

Photo Essay:

Cuba in Transition

Classic car driving along the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 11, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dz6aduo

Photo Galleries:

Meyer Lansky

Habana Riviera, built by Meyer Lansky, in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 16, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dljpn01

Revolution

Portrait of Fidel Castro at the Museum of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba, Feb. 12, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=D90y8hj

Propaganda

Image of Che Guevara in front of the Ministry of Interior building in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 13, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dyb6f4j

People (Part 1)

Old woman with a cigar in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 14, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=D6duo37

People (Part 2)

Youths in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 11, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dj99upt

Transportation

Man fixing a car outside of the Museum of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 12, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dahl5im

Classic Cars

Havana, Cuba, Feb. 11, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=D5qxehj

Architecture

Havana, Cuba, Feb. 11, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dakkpwz

Malecon

Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 16, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dlsbv58

Havana

Old Havana, Cuba, Feb. 13, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=D9ucfm9

Ernest Hemingway

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Cigars (Part 1)

Robaina tobacco plantation in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Feb. 15, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dcq6x4t

Cigars (Part 2)

Cigar rolling demonstration at the Robaina tobacco plantation in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Feb. 15, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=D0a05kt

Art

Sculpture in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 13, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Djegnh7

Street Art

Street art in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 12, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dm3o7g8

Tropicana (Part 1)

Tropicana in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 14, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dld38b0

Tropicana (Part 2)

Tropicana in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 14, 2016. (CREDIT: JSquared Media/Jenny Jiang) To purchase this photo for editorial use, please go to: https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=Dp9llfa

 

Learn More:

Cuba 2016: Transition

Photo Essay: Cuba in Transition

Cuba 2016: Art

Cuba 2016: Street Art

Cuba 2016: Meyer Lansky

Cuba 2016: Tropicana – Part 1

Cuba 2016: Tropicana – Part 2

Cuba 2016: Hemingway

Cuba 2016: Cigars – Part 1

Cuba 2016: Cigars – Part 2

Cuba 2016: Propaganda

Cuba 2016: Museum of the Revolution

Cuba 2016: Malecon

Cuba 2016: Transportation – Part 1

Cuba 2016: Transportation – Part 2

Cuba 2016: People – Part 1

Cuba 2016: People – Part 2

Cuba 2016: Architecture

Cuba 2016: Havana