Gritty City

The Havana of Brayan Collazo

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Dreaming on the Malecon
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Child Waiting

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Behind the Flag
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Havana Solar
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Furled Flag
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Communal Scene, Havana
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Sunset, Malecon
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Abuela, Havana
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Island in The Stream
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Flooding, Havana
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Abuelo, Havana
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Idleness, Havana
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El Cementario Colón
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Begging, Havana
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In describing Havana in past centuries, Cuban ethnologist Fernando Ortíz* wrote: "...the best known and most frequented port in all the New World; with the atmosphere of corruption and criminality characteristic of all the other great ports of the world; with the abundant traffic of men of adventure and utterly cosmopolitan. The plazas of Havana constantly created and sustained this atmosphere of exaltation, outrage, gambling and prostitution and not only by the inhabitants of the country, up to the neck in the exploitation of slavery and wheeling and dealing with piratres and fillibusters, but also the soldiery, the rabble of the galleys, the prisoners of the arsenal, sailors from the fleets, the dandies, the newly enriched Spanish, the civil, military and ecclesiastica authorities given to rivalries, briberies, plotting and contraband...and no other port in Cuba had such close relations with Seville and its underworld."

* Los Negros Curros. Havana, Ed. Ciencias Sociales: 1995 (Citation Trans. Gethin James)

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