b. 1979 A San Francisco native, I have worked on social documentary projects across the Americas focusing on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers rights and the environment. My 2-year project, Downstream, Death of the...
A restaurant owner in the dining room of her small, privately owned restaurant in Havana, Cuba. The relatively few private restaurants are allowed to have a maximum of twelve seats for customers and must buy their food from state owned markets, in addition to being heavily taxed.
A small makeshift gymnasium housed in the bowels of a large apartment structure in Havana, Cuba. People have improvised and come together to create shared spaces such as this, in the absence of privately owned gymnasiums.
Alfredo Rodriguez, former sugar cane worker and patriarch of the Rodriguez family, who now occupies one of the last standing colonial houses in Senado, Cuba, which was previously owned by a sugar baron's family.
There is often not a large variety of food available at either state run or private sector restaurants, as the US embargo of Cuba means that whatever Cuba cannot grow on its own, it must import from far flung trading partners.
A family rides in a communal taxi in the Miramar neighborhood outside of Havana. Known as an almendrone, the taxis are typically 1950's American cars travelling on fixed routes in and around Havana, providing cheap transportation to Cuban nationals.
Cuba, a time and place as beautiful as it is misunderstood. An egalitarian beacon of hope, an example of oppression, flourishing beauty of art and song screamed from the rooftops, with ideas whispered in hushed tones and covered mouths. A complex puzzle as diverse and robust as her people, say what you will, but she is writing her own destiny.