Ernesto Bazan, 1998 W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant Recipient

Born in Palermo, Sicily, currently residing in both Brooklyn, N.Y., and Havana, Cuba, Ernesto Bazan has been photographing the changing lives of Cubans since the collapse of the Soviet Union. “Many people have lost their sense of identity,” Bazan wrote in his winning proposal, “yet…a profound sense of dignity and a great love for life remains.”