Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Know Her?

(William Castellanos snapped the black and white photo in August 1994 when he was an art student in Havana, capturing the moment when 35,000 Cubans took to the sea in makeshift rafts.

Twenty years after President Fidel Castro encouraged a mass exodus from the island, the images still trouble him.

Did the rafters make it, or did their flimsy vessels break apart in the turbulent, 90-mile Florida Straits?

Do they have busy lives and jobs and families now? Or are his photographs the last testament of their existence?

"For me, this is a very difficult photographic record," Castellanos said. "Maybe I have the only, or maybe the last, picture of that person."

Especially, he wondered about the girl.)

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