Essay by Jon Lee Anderson
Cloth over Board
215.9 x 228.6 mm
The Cuban community has long coped with challenges through ingenuity resulting in a rich culture that has flourished in spite of material scarcity. Yet the emergence of new economic freedoms in recent years means Cubans can now further embrace their enterprising spirit. Hopes & Dreams from Cuba, which publishes during the 60th anniversary year of the Cuban Revolution, features Hilary Duffy’s intimate photographs of the everyday lives of the Cuban people taken from 1999-2017. The book highlights a pivotal time of change in Cuba as it is challenged to uphold its social values and unique identity. Duffy’s vibrant images of the bustling street life are presented along with her formal portraits accompanied by transcribed interviews with Cubans sharing their hopes, dreams and aspirations. The New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson’s essay “Survival in a State of Flux” provides a historical context for Duffy’s photographs.
About the artist
Hilary Duffy is a New York City-based photographer who draws upon her commitment to social issues and her love of travel and cultures. Hilary first developed a passion for photography while working in Costa Rica. She returned to the United States to study at the International Center of Photography and then became a two-time recipient of the Johnson & Johnson/ICP Fellowship Program. This led to subsequent assignments for international NGOs in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.
In 2001, she began working in Cuba with the Maine Photographic Workshops. She returned to create a photographic library and to direct the Havana Youth Photo course.
Her ongoing practice is rooted in visual storytelling through collaboration. Curiosity, honesty, compassion and cultural sensitivity are reflected in her imagery
About the publisher
Daylight is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world at large.