Cuba 2016: Transition
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.