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Giovan set out to capture the people’s resilience, during what Fidel Castro, with typical hyperbole, called the “special period”. (Photo by Tria Giovan/The Guardian)

As an American in 1990s Cuba, Tria Giovan risked being branded a traitor. But the photographer continued to visit and, from the dance hall to the hair salon, she captured the resilient spirit of the Cuban people. The 120 images in Tria Giovan’s “The Cuba Archive” are from the period in the 90s when, as an American, travel to Cuba could have seen her branded a traitor, as the country was subject to a US trade embargo. Her trip required lots of planning – and patience. (Photo by Tria Giovan/The Guardian)
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21 Sep 2017 09:04:00
In this January 11, 2018 photo, a skater jumps a ramp during the inauguration of a new recreational space for skateboarders, created in an abandoned gym at the Educational complex Ciudad Libertad, a former military barracks that the late Fidel Castro turned into a school complex after the revolution in Havana, Cuba. Foreign skateboard enthusiasts supply their Cuban counterparts with boards and other equipment. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

In this January 11, 2018 photo, a skater jumps a ramp during the inauguration of a new recreational space for skateboarders, created in an abandoned gym at the Educational complex Ciudad Libertad, a former military barracks that the late Fidel Castro turned into a school complex after the revolution in Havana, Cuba. Foreign skateboard enthusiasts supply their Cuban counterparts with boards and other equipment. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)
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03 Feb 2018 06:51:00
Residents watch the ocean waves crash into the water front, after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cuba, Sunday, September 10, 2017. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

Residents watch the ocean waves crash into the water front, after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cuba, Sunday, September 10, 2017. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)
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13 Sep 2017 06:54:00
Yanelis Blanco, 24, center, dances with a group of friends at Santa Maria beach, about 15 miles from Havana. It is the closest beach to Havana. Others, from left to right are Jackson Miranda, 21, Dayan Suarez, 24, and Melisa Oliva, 15. The men in the group have a rap group together. The government is demolishing buildings all over the coast of East Havana and recovering and restoring beach dunes. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Yanelis Blanco, 24, center, dances with a group of friends at Santa Maria beach, about 15 miles from Havana. It is the closest beach to Havana. Others, from left to right are Jackson Miranda, 21, Dayan Suarez, 24, and Melisa Oliva, 15. The men in the group have a rap group together. The government is demolishing buildings all over the coast of East Havana and recovering and restoring beach dunes. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
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04 Oct 2015 08:05:00
Yakelin Hernandez, 18, poses for a photograph near The Malecon where The Carnival was held, on August 14, 2015. Colorful costumes, dancing, parades and street parties on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba are all part of Havana Carnival 2015 which was held in August. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Yakelin Hernandez, 18, poses for a photograph near The Malecon where The Carnival was held, on August 14, 2015. Colorful costumes, dancing, parades and street parties on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba are all part of Havana Carnival 2015 which was held in August. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
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16 Dec 2015 08:02:00
Self-employed pedicab driver Danilo Guerra, 25, uses his mobile phone as he waits for clients in downtown Havana April 12, 2016. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

Self-employed pedicab driver Danilo Guerra, 25, uses his mobile phone as he waits for clients in downtown Havana April 12, 2016. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)
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18 Apr 2016 09:52:00
A farmer harvests tobacco leaves at a plantation in the valley of Vinales, in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, January 27, 2015. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

A farmer harvests tobacco leaves at a plantation in the valley of Vinales, in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, January 27, 2015. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)
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25 Feb 2015 09:21:00
People are seen on a street in Havana December 17, 2014. Stunned Cubans celebrated an apparent end to decades of conflict with the United States on Wednesday after both governments said they would restore diplomatic relations cut off in 1961. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

People are seen on a street in Havana December 17, 2014. Stunned Cubans celebrated an apparent end to decades of conflict with the United States on Wednesday after both governments said they would restore diplomatic relations cut off in 1961. Many said they expected a restoration of ties would lead to the end of a U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, which is vilified daily in the official media and which Cubans accept as a key cause of widespread poverty on the island. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
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18 Dec 2014 15:09:00