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Evans captured these images while on assignment to Cuba in 1933, creating a record of a paradoxical island full of both poverty and dignity, lively spectacles and quiet moments,urban grandeur and tattered slums. This collection also bears the hallmarks of Evans's later, more famous work in Depression-era America, reflecting his sympathy for common folks combined with an uncanny sense of composition and timing. Evans saw himself as a visual reporter, but this work reveals him as a gifted artist. As Andrei Codrescu writes in the book's essay, "He tried to photograph misery, but shapeliness got in the way."