The presence of vintage cars on Cuban roads is one of the most iconic consequences of the 50-year-old U.S. trade embargo on the communist country. Cubans, however, have had to preserve many other types of items that Americans routinely replace, while making do with the gradual deterioration that comes with age.
Offering another peek into this life, Ellen Silverman has been photographing Cuban kitchens. NPR describes how they capture, among other things, the “grand, but crumbling” architecture,” mismatched kitchenware, and vintage appliances:
See many more photographs by Ellen Silverman (of Cuban kitchens and more) at her webpage.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.