My project to photograph the cars and architecture of Cuba was a long time in its gestation, originating in the 1980s at Cambridge University where I studied both American and Soviet politics during the final throws of The Cold War. Cuba’s unique political history has always held a fascination for me, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I first got to travel there and experience it for myself. Touring the country, I realised that the travel photographs from the guidebooks of dilapidated 1950s American saloons and crumbling colonial architecture told only part of the story. The streets of Havana are equally populated with aging Ladas and Moskvitchs from the Soviet era and architecturally there is a commensurate amount of concrete, brutalist architecture. For a country with so few cars and such limited access to them since the revolution, Cubans are disproportionately passionate about them, and nowhere is this more evident than in the urban drag races held on a Sunday morning where old American V8s do battle alongside Polski Fiats.
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