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A Certain Amount of Light: Faces of Cuba

Michael Whitaker | Cuba

Guantanamo, Guantanamo

Since 1960 the United States has enforced an embargo against Cuba as a means of creating social and economic pressure designed to result in the ultimate demise of communism.  Related policies essentially have ignored the individuality of the people of Cuba.  Consequently, this project was inspired by the following quote from "Three Heroes" by Jose Marti: "In the world there must be a certain amount of honor and respect, just as there must be a certain amount of light."  Summarily, this photographer traveled to every province in Cuba to capture approximately 4000 images reflecting the dignity of the Cuban people and to proffer they deserve to be treated with honor and respect, not as faceless pawns targeted by the U. S. government in its protracted intimidation designed to undermine the overall success and well-being of a sovereign nation.

After a twenty-five-year career in social psychology documenting some of the most disturbing human behaviors, I studied photography and pursued a second career in fine art and documentary photography toward the goal of spending the next twenty-five years documenting brighter aspects of the nature of being human.  In direct contrast to developing treatment paradigms for confronting violent juvenile behaviors, I particuarly am interested in projects spotlighting unpretentious persons with gentle spirits and other persons who traditionally go unnoticed

michael@j-michael-whitaker.com

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