Los Cubanos – Book
Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times journalist Anthony DePalma described the photos in FIGUEREDO’s book as follows:
“These pages show a Cuba that the world does not know. It is not the Cuba of the Varadero tourists, nor the restored Habana vieja that accommodates hotel guests for 700 dollars a night. The Cuba FIGUEREDO sees when he roams the crippled streets of Old Havana has nothing of false reverence.
He spends most of his time knocking on doors, sneaking into courtyards, climbing rickety staircases, waiting hours for the right light or the best mood, or sometimes just capturing the perfect confluence of people, places and ideas. He’s not a Banana Republic voyeur, strolling around in a khaki waistcoat taking snapshots without permission. To get his photos, he approaches his subject directly, explains his assignment and only starts clicking when he has received permission. The Cubans he photographs open themselves fully to his Leica and hold nothing back. And through his lens, they reveal themselves in an equally intimate way to those who view his photos.”