A Year in Cuba

Reuters photographer Alexandre Meneghini has spent the past year documenting the lives of Cubans. He has captured images of students, athletes, farmers, performers, and workers in the Caribbean nation during a time of transition. Starting in 2013, Cuban officials began having secret talks with the United States, and this summer, the two nations resumed formal relations. The U.S. embassy in Havana reopened in August for the first time in half a century. [36 photos total]

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Pre-university students pose for a photo during the first day of class for the 2015-2016 course in downtown Havana on September 1, 2015. Universal free education is one of the pillars of the socialist society built in Cuba since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Cowboy Raul Albeja, 60, stands as he listens to the national anthem during the International Livestock Fair Show in Havana on March 16, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Cuban soldiers hold torches during a march in celebration of the 162nd birth anniversary of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti, in Havana on January 27, 2015. Thousands of members from the Cuban Communist Youth Union (UJC) and student organizations participated in the march. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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A dancer from the Cuban National Ballet practices during a rehearsal before the 24th International Ballet Festival in Havana on October 22, 2014. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Cristian Daguada, 11 (left), plays futbolito, or little soccer in Spanish, with his neighbor Brian Meson, 11, in Havana on March 12, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Pedro Sili, 51, picks tobacco leaves at a farm in Cuba's western province of Pinar del Rio on February 16, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Dancer Cristian Perez, 20, (right) and informatics student Ariana Dexido, 17, dance near the sea in Havana on July 12, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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The neighborhood of El Vedado is seen from a tall building in Havana on July 1, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Revelers get ready to perform at a carnival parade in Havana on August 7, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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A dancer from the Deep Roots Dance Company performs during a training session in an old theatre in downtown Havana on October 14, 2014. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Retiree Madeline Barcelo swims at the beach with her granddaughter in Varadero, Cuba, on August 26, 2015. Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Jonatan Leliebre, 10 (left), and Oscar Torres, 9, exercise before a wrestling practice session at an old Basque ball gymnasium in downtown Havana on October 30, 2014. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Cuba's Capitol, or El Capitolio as it is called by Cubans, is seen in Havana on July 9, 2015. Cubans are once again touring their Capitol, an imposing structure previously shunned as a symbol of U.S. imperialism but now undergoing renovation and set to reopen as the new home of the Communist government's National Assembly. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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A tourist takes pictures at Cuba's Capitol, or El Capitolio on July 9, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Victor Capote, a 46-year-old rancher, works on a horseshoe on his mare "Muneca", or "doll" in Spanish, on his ranch near San Antonio de los Banos village, in Artemisa province, Cuba, on August 6, 2014. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Circus performer Olga Morales, 18, takes part in a training session in Havana on September 25, 2014. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Actress Aimee Perez, 19, poses for a photo as she has her body painted to perform as part of the creation "Mutacion Forzada", or Forced Mutation, by Cuban Artist Alberto Lescay during the 12th Havana Biennial in Havana on May 31, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Kevin Lachaise, 8, watches a recorded TV show on the screen of a computer in the living room of his home in Havana on February 10, 2015. Netflix Inc had just launched its movie and TV streaming service in Cuba, joining the list of U.S. companies looking to take advantage of thawing diplomatic relations between the United States and the communist-ruled island country. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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U.S. singer Ramsey Aburdene, 26, (left), sings hip-hop with tattoo shop owner Felipe Suni, 23, in Havana, on March 18, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Ballet dancer Laura Quesada, 23, warms up before performing for journalists in Camaguey, Cuba, on June 20, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Street vendor Alain Rivera, 37, holds his 10-month-old nephew in a barber shop in downtown Havana on July 14, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Civil engineering PhD students Arazai Garcia, 28, (left), and Maidelin Pacheco, 21, chat during lunch time at the University of Camaguey in Camaguey, Cuba, on June 19, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Cigar enthusiasts smoke as they compete for the longest ash during the XVII Habanos Festival in Havana on February 26, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Children practice during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana on December 3, 2014. About 100 students train at the gymnasium, which was named after 73 Cuban fencers, known as the "Martyrs of Barbados", who were killed in a 1976 attack when a bomb blew up a Cubana airliner in Barbados. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Pre-university students hold a Cuban flag as they walk in downtown Havana to mark the first day of class for the 2015-2016 course on September 1, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Mechanic Carlos Rodriguez, 29, calls to relatives to turn on the water for his high-pressure cleaner, as he washes the bottom of a Russian-made Moscovich car in downtown Havana on February 19, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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A baby Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) which just arrived from Havana National Zoo is placed in an enclosure at Zapata Swamp National Park on June 4, 2015. Ten baby crocodiles were delivered to a Cuban hatchery in hopes of strengthening the species and extending the bloodlines of a pair of Cuban crocodiles that former President Fidel Castro had given to a Soviet cosmonaut as a gift in the 1970s. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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A boy plays on a street in downtown Havana on December 5, 2014. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Cowboy Ariel Peralta, 25, watches a rodeo at the International Livestock Fair in Havana on March 22, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Cuban tourists sail in a rented sailboat at the beach in Varadero, Cuba, on August 26, 2015. Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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People take pictures of waves breaking on Havana's seafront boulevard 'El Malecon' on January 25, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Boys practice wrestling in downtown Havana on October 30, 2014. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Odelia Pedroso, 59, hangs clothes in the courtyard of her home in downtown Havana on July 30, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Medical student Electo Rossel, 20, wearing a shirt with a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama, listens to music at the Malecon seafront outside the U.S. embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Ivan Pineda, 17, waits backstage of the Bertolt Brecht Theatre to perform during the VI International Pantomime Festival Havana 2015, in Havana, on June 14, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #
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Dancers for TV shows, (from left) Yasel Rodriguez, 26, Yudisvani Rabi, 32 and Maykel Puentes, 30, dance during a contemporary dance training session as part of "Proyecto Divino" ("Divine Project" in Spanish), in downtown Havana, on February 4, 2015. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters) #

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