As the softening of Cuban-US relations are making the news again with the Panama Summit of the Americas, elements of daily life, social activities and symbolic aspirations of Cubans are at the center of sustained international attention. The boxing culture is one of these. Here is a series of pictures by Annie Billington at the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym in Old Havana.
« I was in Cuba last year on a two months stay in Old Havana. I had wanted to capture the boxing culture at the neighbourhood level – the would-be champions of Cuba’s ongoing golden legacy. —— It was 10am on a bright saturday morning and above the courtyard women were hanging their washing on lines outside their apartment windows and looking down at the scene gathering around the ring; boxers hitting the punch bag, trainers taping the torn canvas, kids eating candy on the benches, an English aristocrat and his entourage sitting themselves ringside, and my sick husband lying on a bench in the sun holding his stomach. I had my Yashica camera ready and with small clicks this scene was transposed onto film. »
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