VOLKER FIGUEREDO VÉLIZ was born Volker Büffel in 1953. He worked for nearly forty years for a large computer manufacturer and, having accepted an offer of early retirement, he headed for Cuba where he met the woman who is now his wife. As a photographer, Figueredo has built up a worldwide reputation with his images on Cuba. He lived for a number of years in Havana, where he found the in- spiration for his own personal photography and led photo workshops for people from all over the world. He uses his Leica to capture everything that is typically Cuban but that is seldom seen by holidaymakers or other visitors to the island. His family connections have enabled him to gain his subjects trust and have given him access to the everyday world of local customs and traditions, as well as the joys and worries that otherwise remain hidden behind the scenes of the tourist-friendly Cuba that the rest of the world gets to see. His »Cuba Inside« collection has been shown in multiple galleries across Germany. In 2018, Figueredo relocated to Germany with his wife Somaida and their daughter Yoana, but he still visits Cuba as often as he can.