Chrome

1950s Havana – the era of American cars with lots of chrome. It can be blinding in the tropical sun.

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Cuba cars photographs

 

Bicitaxi

Pedicabs make a big comeback in Cuba

Havana bicitaxis are confined to Havana Vieja and Centro Havana only, but its by far the best way to get around and move goods and people. And its green!

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Havana bicitaxis culture

All of the taxis are custom-made in Havana using available materials, or scraps from other vehicles. lately, with the boom in tourism, the drivers are doing well, and beginning to invest in they cabs by tricking them out with bright paint, lights and even music.

When you spend a lot of time walking around Havana, certain themes begin to emerge. The bike tax culture is one I’ve been attracted to lately. There are repair centers and indoor lots the drivers pay to park their cabs in overnight – complete with 24 hour guards. We have a family-me3mber in the business, and had many opportunities to visit the storage garages and see what taxis are for sale.

Textures

The tropical sun wreaks havoc on everything it touches, but produces surprising artistic results.

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Havana textures photos

 

Custom Rides

The wide variety of custom  transportation in Cuba

Creativity abounds when it comes to a vehicle in Cuba. Either one was passed down through the family from the 1950s or you take spare parts and build one yourself.

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Cuban custom vehicles

Doors & windows

Havana architectural detail

Havana’s streets are very narrow, with no porches or setbacks. The exterior beauty of the architecture is in the doors and windows. 

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Havana doors

Propaganda Cuban Style

Cuban propaganda posters used to be hand-painted, which has allowed artists to develop distinctive styles. The graphic designer in me is compelled to take a photo of every example I see of signs and propaganda posters. Unlike many other countries, the heroes in Cuban posters are the intellectual and idea people, not the leaders of the government. Only since Fidel Castro’s death, do you see his image on posters. Cuba is filled with posters commemorating his life this year.

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Cuban propaganda posters photos

This list was ripe for finding great images of the Cuban revolution. With Fidel’s death just a month before, the country was still in mourning.

 

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