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The Cuban Evolution

In January 1959 Fidel Castro and his band of guerillas rode into Havana celebrating the triumph of the Revolution. Fifty-five years later, the U.S. embargo and Cuba’s single-party communist system both remain firmly in place; but Cuba is changing direction.

The Cuban government has recently taken some significant steps to transition the country out of a Soviet-style economic system and into one that more closely resembles that of China.  These steps have included expanding licenses for private enterprise, providing idle land to farmers and cooperatives, authorizing business owners to hire non-family employees, allowing people to rent rooms, and permitting them to sell their cars and houses.  Enterprising Cubans are seizing these new opportunities as they become available.

Images for The Cuban Evolution were made during a two-week professional research trip to Cuba in 2013, led by Foothill Photography Professor Ron Herman.  Professor Herman has been taking photographers to Cuba since 2010 to document the changes that are taking place on this island nation only 90 miles off our coast, yet cut off from the rest of the world for more than half a century.  These photographers, many of whom are associated with Foothill College, captured images of the Cuban people’s trepidation and excitement during this historic period of change.

Exhibitors:  Carla Bohnett, Loren Bohnett, Sheila Botein, Allen Gary, Julia Gary, Ron Herman, Bob Hills, Kathy McGovern, Melinda Miller, Aphra Pia, Bill Scull, Bob Thomsen and Don Wheatley.


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