To celebrate The Raw Society’s birthday we normally do some sort of give-away however, given these unprecedented times, this year we wanted to something exceptional for a very special individual named Hector Delgado and we are hoping to be able to count on your help to pull it off!
Hector is a 71 year-old photographer born and raised in Cuba. Since he was 25 he has been working as a photojournalist documenting many of the things that make the Caribbean Island so unique: from its world-famous ballet to its traditional carnivals, the Yoruba culture and many of their little known rituals to public festivities and celebrations.
By the 1990’s Hector’s accumulated wealth of images and knowledge on Afro-cuban folklore and religion led to several invitations to give conferences at Colombia, Harvard and Northeastern University amongst several others. He continued to do these up until 2014 when his wife Mirta was diagnosed with Cancer, news that was so traumatising to him that he vouched never leave her side again – a promise that he has kept to this day despite many financial hardships, particularly now.
In 2017, through a mutual friend, we met Hector in Havana for the first time and very quickly became part of his family. Since then, Hector has been a vital part of our Cuba Photo Tours, sharing his photos and stories about Cuba and inspiring our participants in a way that only he knows how to do.