Still photography project in Havana, Cuba in 2002

“When I wanted to figure out if I was a photographer I bought an old Hasselblad and went to live in Havana for 5 months. What hit me was the evident, proud way in which women wore wasp-striped hot pants. In an Afro-Caribbean culture free from ads and porn I was met by a monumental sensual self-esteem. It was far from the grey zones in analytical café-conversations on Södermalm, Stockholm. My Cuban female friends knew what they wanted and they could not be stepped on. Then my picture craving arose.”

Sophie Winqvist





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