Cuba a land filled with color, where time hangs suspended, is a nation of contrasts. A country struggling with a nightmare that has been a way of life for many generations, is also an island of contradictions. Yet it remains a magnet for romantics and creative souls looking to capture the crumbling reflections of a past before it has all disappeared.
So when I discovered the work of Giancarlo, an uncompromising photographer who sought out a darker side of Cuban life, portraying a colorless, stark reality with brutal hardcore precision, I was confronted with the face of Cuba tourists do not see.
Giancarlo Ceraudo (Rome - 1969) is a documentary photographer based in Buenos Aires. For ten years he has been documenting social, cultural, health and human rights issues with a focus on Latin America. Since 2008 he has been working on a long-term project documenting the changes in Cuba since the passage of power to Raul Castro.
His work has been widely published in Italian and International publications including L'Espresso, Internazionale, El Pais, GEO and National Geographic. His images are part of the collection of the Maxxi (National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome) and have been exhibited in galleries throughout Italy, Spain, France and the United States.
Old Havana, a man and a woman drunk at dawn on the Malecon
Daily life in Old Havana
An old man inside his house in a building crumbling in the center of Havana
Faithful out of the Church of Virgen de Las Mercedes
during the syncretic ceremony in honor of Obatalà
Portrait of Nadia outside a nightclub in Old Havana
Irina and Carolina on the Malecon. Carolina is Argentina and emigrated to
Cuba four years ago, Irina is a young singer of the Nueva Trova Cubana
Two prostitutes in a garage between the Malecon y Calle 23
A woman at the entrance of a theater in the Vedado district
Old Havana street
Giancarlo Ceraudo website
Giancarlo Ceraudo at Photoshelter