Cuba Flower Vendor

Photos by Ramon Espinosa Yaima Gonzalez Matos lost her job in human resources at a state-owned enterprise three years ago. So she joined the ranks of Cuba’s small class of entrepreneurs and became a wholesaler in the island’s new private flower business to support herself and her son, now 11.

Cuba’s Violin Shortage

Photos by Ramon Espinosa In a light-filled workshop cluttered with tools and pieces of old string instruments, three men carve strips of imported wood and silently measure the angles of violin pegs and viola necks bent out of tune by years of use.

Cuba On The Beach

Photos by Ramon Espinosa In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business.