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Timeless Havana

Florence Gallez | Havana, Cuba

Florist, Havana, Cuba

Some of these 20 images are part of my Flow and Reflections series that offers delicate, at times dreamy, black-and-white scenes of a photographic journey through Russia, Cuba, Belgium, and the United States. They were first presented in my debut exhibition in Moscow, Russia on March 13–15, 2015; and published in my eponymous first book photo-album in December 2017. I photographed the Cuba images as a student during world-renowned photojournalist Peter Turnley’s 2013 Havana, Cuba workshop. In 2015, Turnley was the first American artist since the Cuban revolution to be given a major exposition at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana. 

Cuba is picturesque and attracts many photographers by its intriguing mix of bright colors, poverty and obsolete ‘50s American cars, but sometimes these elements overshadow the deeper qualities of the Cuban people’s resilient and vibrant spirit. Hopefully my black-and-white street photography in Havana transcends these most obvious features, and perhaps transcends also politics and change to show timeless scenes of everyday Cuban life.

Florence Gallez is an independent documentary photojournalist and black and white photographer from Brussels, Belgium, currently based in Paris. Gallez received a BA degree in English and Russian from the University of London in 1996, an MSc in journalism from Boston University in 1999, and a digital media focused MSc from MIT in 2012. She spent eight years as a Moscow-based journalist covering Russian politics, economics, society, and culture for The Moscow Times, the U.S. publisher Bureau of National Affairs (Bloomberg BNA), and most recently CNN’s Moscow Bureau. As a photographer of social documentaries, she seeks to bring more visibility to people who are in challenging situations and often not cared for by society, especially women and children. In Paris, she is also contributing local and international news and social documentaries to the French photo agency Wostok Press.

Florence Gallez


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