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Photo Feature

Finalists of the HT Cuba 2017 Photo Contest

After three rounds of selection today we bring you the finalists of the HT Cuba 2017 Photo Contest, our ninth event. The 19-member jury started with 1105 pictures from 144 photographers in the six categories. The final round includes 64 photos from 40... Continue reading

Havana Architecture: a Battle of Symbols

Since the very beginning, the formal elements desired since the beginning of the Republican era in 1902 complied with the search for a national architecture, relating to its own traditions, weather factors and Cuban lifestyle. (25 photos) Continue reading

HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest – Second Cut

Here are the 135 pictures from 52 photographers that have made it past the second cut of the 2017 HT Cuba Photo Contest. The 19-member jury has begun making their picks in Round Three. We hope to post the finalists on or before Saturday November 18. ... Continue reading

Old Cars in Havana

At the beginning of the 90s, when the only expectation that Cuba generated towards the world, was to see how long the socialist regime lasted, a friend told me that Havana was known as the rolling museum, referring to the number of US-made cars prior t... Continue reading

HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest – First Cut

The time has come to present the surviving photos from the first cut of our HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest. A total of 81 participants managed to have at least one photo make it to round two, which now includes a total of 235 pictures, down from 1,105 fro... Continue reading

Old Doors in Havana

Old chronicles tell us that Havana used to be covered in timber-yielding trees before it was a city, where Manilkara trees, cedars, mahogany and the reddish rosewood trees would keep the earth cool and damp. (27 photos) Continue reading

Guantanamo’s “Chamacos”

Kids of any age are often referred to as “chamacos”. In Guantanamo province it is a popularized slang that extends beyond adolescents, even between adults. (12 photos) Continue reading

Boris Lurie in Havana

Boris Lurie's exhibition in Havana brings the NO ART movement to the temporary exhibit room at Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts. It includes nearly a hundreds of his works and will be on display until January 7, 2018. (21 photos) Continue reading

Havana’s Neighborhood Movie Theaters

In ruins, like defenseless ghosts in the whirlwind of a city that grew with them, neighborhood movie theaters no longer tell us stories, but they resist being left completely empty inside. Maybe it’s their last attempt to save us from sinking into a dream-void state. (44 photos) Continue reading

A Glimpse of Touristy Havana

Havana’s historic center is one of the city’s most touristy areas, there’s no doubt about that. Its commonplace to see a “photographic walk” going on, a lot of tourists along Obispo Street, in Central Park, the Port Avenue... (16 photos) Continue reading

The Footprints of Hurricane Irma in Cojimar, Havana

According to government statistics, Irma’s epicenter was located 130 km away from Havana, before it continued to head towards the Florida peninsula, and waves up to 12 meters high were recorded in places Havana’s Malecon. These photos show the landscape in Cojimar which this hurricane left in its wake on Sunday morning. (123 photos) Continue reading

Havana Bay Transport Is Operating Post-Irma

One of our readers asked if cruise ships were coming into Havana in the days following the passing of hurricane Irma. Another had mentioned the Regla Boat that crosses the bay. So I decided to go down and have a look. I found both are in operation. (... Continue reading

The Havana Malecon Is Lonely

The Havana malecon seawall is solitary. The avenue is empty and its wall is guarded by police to avoid any accident. Hurricane Irma caused great damage to its foundations and huge craters are seen on its sidewalks. Meanwhile, the neighbors are recoveri... Continue reading

Hurricane Irma in Alamar and Cojimar

The myth that we are very prepared for these kinds of events here in Cuba has clouded Cuban people’s judgements. We are used to suffering at the hands of hurricanes and Civil Defense troops, who, with all of the power in their hands, prevent this damage from being worse. (20 photos) Continue reading

The Virgin of Charity in Centro Habana

On Sept. 8, the day before Hurricane Irma caused disasters in the capital, devotees of the virgin gathered in this temple from early hours; Catholics and practitioners of the Afro-Cuban religion, bringing sunflowers her favorite, and lighting a candle.... Continue reading

Cuba: Theft Under the Cover of Hurricane Irma

Today, three days after Hurricane Irma, we walked along Calle 1ra, in the Havana municipality of Plaza. It was impressive to hear the stories of the owner of one of the private restaurants located in this area. (10 photos) Continue reading

The Day After Irma Hit Havana

Now that the tide has passed, with a broom a woman pushes out to the street a mixture of mud that has left impregnated all the tiles of the first floor of her house. She still wears fear on her face. "You have to live it, it was very shocking." (10 pho... Continue reading

A Sunday of Great Uncertainty in Havana

Many streets in Havana are still flooded and expected to slowly subside on Monday. The long struggle to recover has yet to begin. Juan Suarez brings us his pictures taken Sunday morning in the capital cities of Centro Habana and Plaza de la Revolucion.... Continue reading

Havana Carnival from Behind the Bleachers

It's nighttime at the Havana carnival. Floats and dancers stroll along the Malecon seawall. Behind the bleachers, away from the show, are interesting pictures to show. (30 photos) Continue reading

The Universe of Amaury Mengana: Pictorial Works Exhibited in Havana

The spiritual world that can be sensed via religion has clearly influenced Amaury Mengana’s work, a painter and sculptor who is entering into what seems to be the mature stage of his art. (9 photos) Continue reading

Time to Cool Down in Cuba!

It’s commonplace to hear the phrase here in Cuba: it’s so hot! And its even more so than usual these days with record temperatures. (11 photos) Continue reading

A Private Havana Traveling Amusement Park

Like a traveling circus but this time it’s a traveling amusement park that takes place in different places in Havana every fortnight. This private and untitled community project attracts a large number of happy children and young people... (12 photos) Continue reading

Mayari’s Pine Forests, a Place of Unique Beauty

Among the foothills of the Cristal and Nipe mountains, the Mayari river slopes down towards the extensive coral reefs. Before flowing into the sea, it plows through the valley of the same name, which is also the name of the municipality and the capital... Continue reading

Waiting for the Havana Carnival

On Friday afternoon I went to walk along the Malecón seawall where in a few hours the Havana Carnival would start its summer party. They had already closed the avenue to vehicle traffic and in the surroundings the crowd began to occupy the streets. (20 photos) Continue reading

Orlando Nenninger Draws on Cloth and Bodies

Self-taught visual artist Orlando M. Nenninger Vasconcelos confesses that he likes to communicate with his audience via his sketches. Lines and colors have captivated him ever since he was a child. (10 photos) Continue reading

Race for Mandela 2017

It was early morning as runners gathered in the vicinity of the Kid Chocolate Gym across from the Capitolio building, the starting point and finish line of the race called for this Saturday, July 15 in honor of Nelson Mandela. (17 photos) Continue reading