Ernesto Bazan - The Special Period in Cuba  

Since 1992, I’ve been photographing the transitional time referred to by Fidel Castro as El Periodo Especial. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the long standing unjust American embargo still in place, the country was sent reeling towards an uncertain future, leaving Cubans to face dire hardships and harrowing changes.
My project explores how the island is struggling to maintain its socialist’ identity in a post-communist world, and how Cubans still retain remarkable reserves of inner strength and a profound sense of dignity no matter what.

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© Ernesto Bazan

Born in Palermo, Sicily, currently residing in both Brooklyn, N.Y., and Havana, Cuba, Ernesto Bazan has been photographing the changing lives of Cubans since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He wins many photographic prizes wich includes among others a grant from the Mother Jones Foundation for Photojournalism (1995); two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1996, 2000); first prize in the daily life story category at the World Press Photo competion (1996); two fellowships, one from the Alicia Patterson Foundation (1997) and the Guggenheim Foundation (2000); the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize (1997); the W. Eugene Smith grant (1998); a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (2000).



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