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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 "SurvivaI in a State of Flux" provides an historical context for Duffy's photographs. The texts in the book are published in English and Spanish. Hilary Duffy is an internationally renowned photographer and educator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942084648
Publisher: Daylight Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Hilary earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Art History at Hardwick College in 1991. She is an avid traveler with a passion for Latin American culture. In ‘93she moved to Costa Rica to work as a volunteer English teacher with WorldTeach, and later directed an environmental education program at the Rain Forest Aerial Tram. Over the course of seven years, she immersed herself in the culture of Costa Rica as an educator and honed her photography skills. She began her photography career in news and travel for the Tico Times of Costa Rica. At 30, she moved to NYC to study at the International Center of Photography. As a two-time recipient of the ICP/Johnson & Johnson Fellowship, Hilary completed assignments for J & J’s corporate social responsibility at the U.S.-Mexico border, then India and Vietnam. This led to subsequent assignments for international NGOs in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and tsunami-affected regions. Some of her clients include: Covenant House, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, MAP International, UN Women, UNHCR and The Clinton Foundation. Her photographs are in a permanent exhibit at Covenant House Headquarters in New York City as a result of a project documenting the plight and rehabilitation of street children in México & Central America. Frequent collaborations with NGOs have allowed Hilary to strengthen her passion as a socially concerned photographer while sensitively being a voice for the marginalized. She has exhibited in Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala and the U.S. In 2001, Hilary assisted master photographer courses for the Maine Photo Workshops’ Havana program. Compelled to share photography with local youth, she developed a photo library and directed the Havana Youth Photo course in 2003. She has also taught in after-school programs in New York City and teaches ESL to new immigrants. Hilary’s international work and experiences in Cuba provided the opportunity to lead people-to-people cultural and photography trips for various travel groups on the island during the last six years.

Read an Excerpt

These images are of a changing Cuba. The proud people shown here are responding to reforms and new opportunities, even as they uphold their social values and unique identity. In this way, they maintain Cuba as a warm, enchanting embrace where life’s simplicities entice the observer; camaraderie, energy and humor mesmerize; and a vibrant street life reflects the social bonds that playfully create magic in the air.


Over the course of twenty years photographing the people and landscapes of Cuba, Hilary Duffy has found a vibrant community proving its ingenuity in the face of material scarcity. This book highlights a pivotal time of change in Cuba as it is challenged to uphold its social values and unique identity. Along with candid photographs of day-to-day life, formal portraits in the book are accompanied by transcribed interviews with Cubans sharing their hopes, dreams, and aspirations à la Humans of New York.

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