Based in Havana, Lisette Poole is a Cuban-American photojournalist, whose work explores themes of beauty, resilience and family history. In Cuba, Poole has covered the transformation of the island for the last seven years as it moves away from a socialist and communist system, and incorporates new elements of capitalism. Many of her photographs reflect her experience as part of the diaspora and her return to her mother’s homeland to document daily life in Cuba.
For a recent project, Poole followed two women from Cuba to the United States as they migrated the long route through 13 countries, chasing the now defunct “wet feet, dry feet” policy. She is working on a book with Red Hook Editions, which will be released in 2018.
Here photographic work ranges in topic from Reggaeton music to tech entrepreneurs, the LGBTQ scene, migration, and her own family. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, TIME, and Wired, among others.