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"Captured through an ethnographic lens with rawness and sensitivity, this photographic journey provides a glimpse into a unique moment in this country's history, not yet overrun by tourism or the inevitable influence of globalization. A groundbreaking compilation."

Xuan Vu 

Southeast Emmy Award-Winning 

Documentary Film and Television Editor


I am truly impressed with Lisa Konczal’s creativity, motivation, and enthusiasm as evidenced here.  Without question, the vivid colors struck me from the start - the opening photo of a trumpeter is beautiful, and I can go on and on about individual photos.  But the significance of the timing of these photographs, just one week before President Obama’s historic visit, cannot be overstated.

Dr. Stan L. Breckenridge

Professional Musician

Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar and Alumni Ambassador


THROUGH THE LENS OF AN AMERICAN WOMAN ALONE IN CUBA a book of unique perspective, at a poignant time in history.

The beautiful and stereotypical photography one is used to of this island,

is presented in contrast to the more prevalent and raw imagery that few non-Cubans see.


Lisa Konczal’s perspective as one of few Americans in Cuba - and the rarity of being an American woman traveling there alone (and oftentimes on streets few tourists go) - is a particularly unique one that undoubtedly impacted the composition and messages in her photographs.  


Lisa documented Cuba at a historic time of very limited access for Americans - the week before former President Barack Obama’s first visit.  This body of work informs understanding of Cuba’s economic crisis today,

but also evokes larger themes about humanity and identity - freedom - happiness and expectations… dreams.


A thought-provoking and informative collection of images ultimately promoting human connection.

2nd Edition Coming

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