Cuba Behind the Facelift

Crossingthewaterverysmall The New York Times features an article about rebuilding of parts of Old Havana that are most frequented by tourists. Reporter James C. McKinley, Jr. finds that "the renovation has only gone so far, and tens of thousands of people are still trapped in squalid buildings just blocks from the refurbished zones, giving rise to grumbling among some residents that the renovation amounts to a Potemkin village for visitors." For a fascinating look at the real Cuba, check out our new book Crossing the Water: A Photographic Path to the Afro-Cuban Spirit World by Claire Garoutte and Anneke Wambaugh. These two photographers go behind the scenes with a Cuban spiritual leader to show us pictures of religious rituals few outside the faith have ever seen.

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