In Episode 6 of Through The Lens Cuba, the team hikes to a tobacco farm with the help of tour guide Yaniel Luis Alvarez. The TTL team had a special opportunity to observe and meet the workers on the farm which grows one of Cuba's most famous crops. For the members of the Alpha Imaging Collective who got to meet the farmers and learn more about how they live, it was a humbling experience and one that yielded powerful photographs.
Andy To describes how a man working barefoot at high noon was barely breaking a sweat despite the heat and had a smile on his face the whole time. The team was surprised to learn that the workers only get to keep 10% of the profits from the harvest and the government gets the rest. "It really made you appreciate the hard work they were putting in," says To.
Collective member, Dave Krugman, also discusses his longtime passion for the visual world. A Brooklyn-based photographer who got into the Sony system in part because it allows him to use a family cache of rare and vintage lenses, he loves how photography turns every day into a visual puzzle he gets to solve.
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See more from the Alpha Imaging Collective members who went to Cuba in this special season of Through The Lens:
Paola Franqui (@monaris_)
Steven Irby (@stevesweatpants)
Dave Krugman (@dave.krugman)
Oveck Reyes (@oveck)
Andy To (@andyto)
New episodes of TTL Cuba come out every Friday.