A farmer from Piñar del Río province, the largest tobacco-producing region in Cuba, smokes a hand-rolled cigar in his family's hut. They constructed the thatch structure to dry tobacco leaves. The family enjoys recently relaxed business laws which allow them to profit from a small portion of cigars they sell, yet they still give 90 percent of their product to the government.
A girl walks down the sidewalk in Havana's Vedado neighborhood.
Cumulonimbus clouds rise above buildings in Old Havana.
A man sits on his porch on in Viñales, Cuba. Located in Cuba's countryside about two hours from Havana, Viñales' pace is much slower than the capital city.
A tobacco grower in Piñar del Río province points to the smaller leaves of the plant, typically used on the inside of a cigar. The upper leaves receive the most sun and taste stronger. They are used on the outside of the cigar.
A girl peers out the window of her two-bedroom house in Viñales, Cuba. Her family rents out a room behind the house to tourists via Airbnb. Since they lack internet and must book the room via an outside country -- Airbnb is blocked on Cuban networks -- a friend brings them the guests' stay details on paper they printed in town.
Tourists ride with their guide past tobacco farms just outside of Viñales. In recent years, the area has earned a reputation for its natural landscape. It sees increased numbers of European, Australian and Latin American tourists. Locals say the number of visiting Americans is also rising, but not as quickly as other nationalities.
People cross a street outside of Old Havana. Cubans pay little attention to crosswalks.
A cab driver watches the crowded intersection in front of him on the outskirts of Havana.
A man walks past paintings of the Cuban flag and Fidel Castro in Central Havana. Depictions of the Cuban Revolution are ubiquitous throughout the city. These, and other paintings supportive of the ruling party, are the only public political displays permitted by the government.
On a street in Havana, a man sharpens his knife using a flywheel connected to the chain of his bicycle. Living under more than a half-century of heavy market regulation, Cubans have adapted to the lack of certain goods and services in ingenious ways.
Men play dominos next to a street in Havana's Vedado neighborhood.
Laundry hangs in the windows of apartments in Central Havana. Following one of Castro's revolutionary principles, most Cubans own the houses they live in, but many don't have the money they need to maintain them. In Havana, 7 out of every 10 homes need major repairs, according to government statistics.
At 121 meters high, the FOCSA building is the highest in Cuba. Its Soviet architecture is filled with shops and private apartments.
A couple walks past a taxi on Calle 23 in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana. As the upscale area of the Cuban capital in both past and present, the neighborhood provided a vacation spot for the likes of Meyer Lansky and other American gangsters before the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
A couple walks across the street in the Vedado neighborhood. Cars, people and bicycles collide during every hour of the day in the hustle and bustle that is Havana.
A taxi, retrofitted with blue underglow lights, drives down Calle 23 toward Havana's waterfront. Following the cessation of new car imports due to the American embargo of 1960, which continues to this day, Cuban drivers have adapted and maintain many vehicles over 50 years old.
A man crosses the street while walking towards Havana's waterfront. Central Havana and El Capitolio, Cuba's capital building, are in front of him.
Fisherman watch their lures while fishing at sunset on the Malecón, Havana's 5-mile-long, oceanside boardwalk. The city's residents flock here at night, and everyone from teenage couples to the elderly drink, dance and talk until the early hours of the morning.
Friends use Wi-Fi on their phones while standing next to Calle 23 in the Vedado neighborhood. The Cuban government recently established internet hotspots in Havana. Not all websites are accessible over the network though, yet hundreds of Cubans sit on these two city blocks where they can talk, text, and share the latest on Facebook.
Cars cruise Calle 23 in the Vedado neighborhood at night. The day might be ending, but many Cubans are just waking up.