• Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March
  • Fidel’s Last March

Fidel’s Last March

The last primero de mayo of Fidel Castro's rule

Every year on May 1, the International Day of the Worker, Cubans gather to march for the continued revolution. On May 1, 2006, a palpable void was felt; Fidel Castro, reeling from acute intestinal bleeding, was absent from the celebrations. Two months later, he would transfer power to his brother Raúl, a change that would mark not only the start of a new leadership, but also a shift in everyday life. The march itself is compulsory for all citizens; children are rounded up by their school teachers and workers by their managers. The subsequent enthusiasm varies widely throughout the crowd, but with the Cuban Revolution of 1959 moving further back in the historical collective consciousness one thing is certain: that the optimistic promises of the past feel increasingly distant from their future realization.

Camera

  • Minolta X300

Lens

  • Minolta MD 50mm f/2.0

Film

  • Ilford Delta 400