Author Archives: SkipKleinPhotographs

#13 Malecon: My Morning with Miguel.

The Malecon (formally Avenida de Maceo) is the beautiful esplanade and sea-wall that stretches for about 5 miles from the Harbor in Old Havana along the north side of Centro Habana, up to the Vedado neighborhood.  On any morning, fisherman, bathers, young lovers, and/or tourists can be seen taking in the views, the salt air, […]

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Merry Christmas Fidel and Raul Castro.

We can all debate the pros and cons of the ongoing 54 year experiment with socialism that has existed since Fidel and Raul Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Che Guevara led the Cuban Revolution that overthrew the regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959:  Most are aware of the very high literacy rate of the Cuban people […]

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Photographers: Walker Evans in Cuba

Before the seminal depression-era work for Roy Stryker at the Resettlement Administration (RA) and then the Farm Security Administration (FSA), that ultimately led to the classic vernacular photographs of three sharecropper familes in Hale County, Alabama, included in James Agee’s epic documentary Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Walker Evans was commissioned by polemic journalist […]

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Speaking of Famous Cubans: Che, Morgan, & Alberto

Throughout the storied history of Cuba over the past 600 years, there have been many famous and even infamous characters to emerge that are worthy of exposure and further study (from Christopher Columbus to Jose Marti to Ernest Hemingway to Fidel and Raul Castro).  But, in modern times, there is arguably no one person more […]

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“Let Us Now Praise Famous Cubans”

Walker Evans, the documentary photographer of the vernacular, probably best known for the compelling images he created of the Great Depression era for Roy Stryker at the Farm Security Administration, was commissioned to photograph the harsh conditions under the Machado regime for Carleton Beal’s book The Crime of Cuba.   This work completed in Cuba in […]

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Cuban Cigars: From Farm to Factory

Cuban tobacco is harvested and then aged using a process that combines the use of heat and shade to reduce both sugar and water content, while being very careful to not cause the tobacco leaves to rot or crumble.  The first step in the harvesting process is called CURING and takes anywhere from 20-50 days, […]

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“And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.” –Rudyard Kipling in “The Betrothed”

After his voyage to the New World in 1492, which included extended visits to the Dominican Republic and Cuba, Christopher Columbus is widely credited with introducing tobacco to Europe.  The Taino, a seafaring people indigenous to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Greater and Lesser Antilles, smoked a relatively primitive form of cigar, consisting of dried […]

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Tobacco Growing In Vinales

Vinales is one of the major towns in the tobacco growing Province of Pinar del Rio, the most Western province in Cuba.  Vinales is about about a three hour drive West from Havana on very well maintained roads.   The Vinales valley is just gorgeous and the landscape consists of limestone rich hills, flanked by […]

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Gonzales In Vinales

On a trip to Vinales, one of the main tobacco growing regions in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba, I stumbled onto a tobacco farm inhabited by four generations of the Gonzales family. I first spent some time with the Grandfather who was out tending the tobacco fields. He did not say much but […]

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