PHOTOGRAPHY: Cuba Through the Windshield


The photography of Alex Harris juxtaposes Cuba and the United States through the windshields of the island’s archetypal 1950s American cars.

If you look at my photographs of Cuba — what are they really? They are looking at the symbols of Cuba that most Americans have in their minds, the archetypes of Cuba: the American car, the beautiful woman, the revolutionary hero. I approach each of these archetypes as a photographer asking a question: If this is our sense of Cuba if Americans see Cuba through this lens, what does that really mean?

Alex Harris
Publication date: 
January 11, 2011
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article