About the Book
So much for the common clichés.
For the last 50 years, Cuba has been under a never-ending economic, financial and commercial embargo and now the country wishes to keep its identity and its social benefits (healthcare, education…) while it is ready to start afresh too.
The signs that the country is changing, timidly initiated a decade ago, are many even though they still haven’t disrupted the inhabitants’ daily life:
− Owning a mobile phone is allowed since 2008.
− Travelling anywhere overseas is allowed since 2013.
− Liberalisation of car sales (at exorbitant prices) since 2014.
− Reconciliation rendered official between Havana and Washington in the same year and reopening of respective embassies on July 20, 2015.
− Barack Obama’s official visit in March 2016.
Today, more than ever since the 1959 Revolution, Cuba is shifting towards modernity.
Hence the importance to gather information on this turning point.
Born in Paris, Laurent Bichaud was a photojournalist in the 1990s working for, among other press names, Libération, Le Monde and Globe in France, SWITCH and ELLE in Japan. He is a laureate of the Fondation pour la Vocation. He holds an M.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and he graduated from HEC Montréal earning another master’s degree. Some of his pictures are part of the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Carnavalet museum and the European Community Fund. He has published a novel and several other books.