Between Here and Paradise: Rena Effendi’s Havana


Siobhán Bohnacker highlights the compelling photographic work of Rena Effendi, whose photos accompany a previous article in The New Yorker by Jon Lee Anderson, who writes about the Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura and about Cuba’s complex history with its writers and artists. She writes:

The photographer Rena Effendi, whose pictures accompany Anderson’s piece, documented many of the neighborhoods and enclaves that appear in the work of Padura and other Cuban artists. In her photos of Havana, we see a city almost frozen in time. Relics of another era dot the streets, like props from a period film. Effendi also depicts the city’s lively street life, photographing people in motion against a backdrop of vivid murals and Havana’s signature pastel colors. “Cuba is neither a paradise nor a hell but, rather,” Anderson writes, “more of a purgatory, where some of us have the possibility of salvation.”

See 16 spectacular photographs by Rena Effendi at

2 thoughts on “Between Here and Paradise: Rena Effendi’s Havana

  1. Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your tremendous writings.
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