Farmers of Viñales

In March of 2018 we traveled to Cuba to work with tobacco farmers of Viñales and create a body of portrait work documenting their daily lives. While Viñales is becoming more and more popular with tourists and the local economy is transitioning to one increasingly marketed to accommodate the wave of Europeans and Americans that visit every year, real work is still being done by multi-generational farmers. Indeed, most of the farmers we met had been working the land all their lives, sowing and harvesting the same plots their parents worked before the revolution.
With calloused hands and sunbaked skin, these men appear rough-edged and coarse. Yet to a person, they generously gave of their time, proudly showing us their land and livestock, and made every effort to make us feel welcome. Check out our whole Cuba story on our journal.