Cuba-Bulgaria, in Layers

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My grandfather (center,) seen walking with Romanian and Bulgarian colleagues in Bulgaria in the 1970s. The banner in the background reads "Glory to the USSR." And in Cuba, participants in the First of May Labor Day parade hold posters of Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin and German Communist revolutionary Karl Marx. This day, known as DÌa del Trabajo, is a call for people of all nations to show support to socialism and the Cuban Revolution. While attendance is not mandatory, absences from these marches are usually noted and discouraged, and often followed with social and professional reprimand.<br />
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I've layered family photos taken in Bulgaria before the fall of the Berlin Wall with pictures I recently shot in Cuba, to reveal the visual and sociopolitical connections between the two. Both portions of this project - in Bulgaria and Cuba - were supported by The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.