“I have a deep love for the people of Cuba. Throughout a lifetime of world travel, rarely have I been to a place where I’ve witnessed so much grace, spirit, dignity, and wonderful humanity… The people of Cuba have taught and demonstrated to me so many beautiful lessons of how life can be lived well. This book is a visual tribute with love to the grace of spirit of the people of Cuba.”

Cuba A Grace of SpiritI was delighted to return home from Cuba last night to find a hardcover edition of this recently released and gorgeous coffee-table book, complete with slipcase, in my mailbox.

Peter is true to his promise of a visual tribute… and treat!

A renowned photojournalist Peter, has been documenting moments of historic change for several decades, not least the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tianmen Square, and the end of apartheid in South Africa. In 1989 he accompanied Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev to Havana… the beginning of a three-decade love affair so poignantly reflected in this newly released book.

His recent photo exhibition at Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts, also titled ‘Cuba: A Grace of Spirit,’ was a huge hit, earning a full page review in the Granma newspaper. Justifiably.

The images speak empathetically of the Cubans’ joyful spirit, vivacity, and creativity, capturing typical moments of Cuban life in a kaleidoscope of simple, exquisitely composed, and evocative vignettes.


Thank you, Peter.


Christopher P Baker


Christopher P. Baker, one of the world's most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers has been named by National Geographic as one of the world's foremost authorities on Cuba travel and culture. Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 as 'Travel Journalist of the Year,' he has authored more than 30 books, leads tours for National Geographic Expeditions, Edelwiss Bike Travel, and Jim Cline Photo Tours, among other companies, and is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer.