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Luis 22-Mar-2013 09:17
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics of Cuba. You captured much in those beautiful images. A beautiful land and people in need of hope and rejuvination.
Mary 19-May-2009 21:03
Gracias por compartirnos esas imagenes tan familiares y tan nuestras. Las imagenes no son mas que nuestra Cuba, gente linda a pesar de lo que sea y paisajes y arquitectura fantastica. Artistica y profesionalmente es un bello trabajo, te felicito por tomarte el tiempo de traernos algo asi.
Toncho Rusev11-Feb-2009 21:35
Beautiful galleries
Kerry Tingley17-Jan-2009 18:54
Thanks for allowing us to share in your adventures in Cuba. I hope our new president will remove the ban on imports and visitation. Ab beautiful collection showing many slices of life in Cuba.
Laura 11-Sep-2008 23:29
Thanks so much for posting the Cuba fotos. The Habana fotos really capture the feeling of the city and people.
Aramis de la Nuez 19-Jul-2008 05:43
Cuba is indeed beautiful and vibrant. We see that through the images of your pictures. It is also a country which has lost its dignity and morality. Havana is crumbling along with the regime. Every Cuban who comes here and writes these negative comments also needs to think of what they plan to do in the future to go back to Cuba and make a positive contribution. Castrooportunism is crumbling. Ya vamos llegando como dice Willy Chirino. Don't despair. Castro's regime is DEAD.
Raul Lorenzo 20-Mar-2008 04:45
Beautiful Gallery, Sharif, very beautiful,
You show there a lot of diferent feelings, reflected through your lenses....excelent captures!!
Quizás algún dia, Cuba no tenga tanta pobreza entre mi gente, el pueblo, regardless of Batista ó Castro....regardless of Socialism or Capitalism....
Much better will be for the people in Cuba, instead, to have a little bit of Humanism in their Governments...that would preach the real rights and power to the people and the wealth and Happiness of our Society.....before any obsolete ideology.....
"....con los pobres de la tierra....quiero Yo mi suerte echar..."
ABIGAIL 15-Mar-2008 21:22
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Ann DeCamp23-Sep-2007 00:58
Hi Sharif. Thank you for visiting my galleries. I really enjoyed looking through your galleries, especially the street photography (since I am a little shy about taking the pictures of srangers). I admire people who have the nerve to do this! Also - your baby is beautiful.
Ann
Guest 13-Jun-2007 14:58
Pure display of talent.
Guest 08-Mar-2007 08:47
Fantastic gallery.
jc 17-Nov-2006 03:27
good pix, me gustan tus fotos, una lastima q existan una partida de comemierdas escribiendo comentarios sobre politica, tanto castro como esos ilusos de miami son tan comunistas los unos como los otros, lleva casi 5 decadas en el poder, y nadie a ha tenido huevos de matarlo,desde aqui(USA) todos son unas fieras y maldicen al castro pero nadie cuestiona la incapacidad de todos los grupos anti-castristas y del gobierno americano para derrocarlo, nadie acaba de darse cuenta q es un gran circo, es una maquinaria de reproducir dinero para algunos q se aprovecvhan del dolor cubano, mis respetos a esos q luchan dentro de la isla, y te repito q tienes muy buenas fotos y no hagas caso a todos esos ilusos, puede q castro genere odio, pero todos esos padecen de un odio ignorante,jc
CARRITO SANDWICHERO 26-Sep-2006 22:24
OYE GUEST NO CHIKO NI PINGA CUBANO HASTA LAS NALGAS
Guest 26-Sep-2006 22:21
LAS FOTOS ESTAN DE PINGA PERO ME GUSTARIA VER UNA FOTO DE LA CALLE SOL ENTRE HABANA Y COMPOSTELA EN LA HABANA VIEJA SALI DE CUBA CUANDO TENIA 14 Y ESTOY EN NEW YORK HACE COMO 33 ANOS TIENES K TENERN VALOR DE PINPARA COJER ES FOTOS PORQUE AHORA HAY MUCHOS CHIVATOS HOY ES SEPTIEMBRE 21 PIENSO YO YA NI ME ACUERDO DE LOS DIAS YO PERDON ES VALOR TENER Y PINGA ESTA COMPUTADORA ME TIENE LOCO YA 2006
Irina Alekhno 20-Sep-2006 14:33
Hi Sharif,

I'm not a big expert on photos, but those I've seen in your gallery are really beautifull, sometimes affecting, sometimes impressive...Well, good work.
I liked Cuba and sky photoes the most as far as I'm fond of sky, clouds and sun...and nature actually.
And Cuba... I lived there long time ago, when I was a child.
Now my dream is to visit it again. Who knows sometimes dreams come true.

Greetings from Moscow!
Irina
Emad Omar12-Aug-2006 13:56
I have finally got around your gallery - it is awesome
You have a good collection of pictures here!
And You have a real talent
please check out my gallery

emad omar from Alex
H.L.Tam23-Jul-2006 09:20
Thank you for visiting my photography exercises. I'm delighted with your kind comment.
Best wishes !
H.L.Tam
Gil Purcil10-Jul-2006 18:52
Hi Sharif,
Thanks for dropping by my galleries and leaving very encouraging comments.
Well, I do enjoy your galleries too, especially the image where you are changing your
kid's diapers. Your street photography is also awesome. I'll make sure to check in more often to view your works.
And regarding that image you are asking about, the colored version was really overexposed so I did tried to save it by converting it to bw and adjusting the contrast. It still shows some overexposure in it, however my model loves that particular treatment so I left it like that. Thanks, Gil
AL09-Jul-2006 06:22
Thanks Sharif for your wonderful comments on my humble works. Glad to discover yours, especially your extensive travel photos. I enjoyed your street photography, full of character and life. Also your beloved Nicola pictures, so adorable and expressive. Hope to see more from you and will certainly be back. Thanks again for sharing.
Best wishes
Ai Li :-)
ChristinTroeger06-Jul-2006 09:32
Thanks Sharif, i enjoyed browsing through your galleries,
wonderful work.
Guest 21-Jan-2006 16:56
Your work is very good.
I have enjoyed viewing the photo's posted.
I have no doubt you will soon have that gallery on most popular.
thnx 4 sharing
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damian 08-Nov-2005 17:46
Sr. Sharif El-Hamalawi...I could hardly believe what I was looking at...what beautiful photos you have taken of my dear Cuba...I left when I was 11 years old and still the pain is deep in my heart..thank you for capturing the beautiful nature that Fidel has not been able to destroy, thank you for capturing the people, who can be so clearly seen in so much poverty and need, but still smiling! that is the spirit of the cuban people! Thank you for capturing the once beautiful buildings and streets, now torn , and dirty, thank you for allowing me to feast my eyes through tears of sadness. You are so talented, my God grant you long life, good health and Love. Marta E. Perkins.
Linka 14-Sep-2005 17:09
The photographs in the gallery were taken during the author’s journeys in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Border Crossing
Guest 29-Aug-2005 03:42
Sr. Sharif El-Hamalawi...I could hardly believe what I was looking at...what beautiful photos you have taken of my dear Cuba...I left when I was 11 years old and still the pain is deep in my heart..thank you for capturing the beautiful nature that Fidel has not been able to destroy, thank you for capturing the people, who can be so clearly seen in so much poverty and need, but still smiling! that is the spirit of the cuban people! Thank you for capturing the once beautiful buildings and streets, now torn , and dirty, thank you for allowing me to feast my eyes through tears of sadness. You are so talented, my God grant you long life, good health and Love. Marta E. Perkins.
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cham 01-Jul-2005 16:26
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Bernard Tse08-Jun-2005 07:17
Hi Sharif,

I have just spent a few minutes going through your galleries. You've got many beautiful pictures here, particularly those of Vienna. I've travelled there years ago before I fell in love with photography. I am looking forward to visit that great place again. BTW, thank you for visiting my "My Home Town" gallery and leaving your kind words. I do appreciate it. Hope you will come back again some time for my updates.

Best Wishes
Bernard
Sharif El-Hamalawi04-Jun-2005 15:44
Thank you everybody for your very kind comments. Especially to Dr. Alfredo Gomez. I am very proud to receive the title of Honorary Cuban. ;-) It really means a lot to me that people who live or have lived in that country recall their memories when looking at my pictures. Once again, thank you very much. I am very proud of this striking feedback to my work.. and of course the work of my wife Alexandra.
Dr. Alfredo Gomez 02-Jun-2005 18:47
I saw your Cuba pictures a while back and was very impressed. I wrote you then and have shown them to many. Have been reading the comments of others. You must be very proud. You have captured the essence of Cuba better than any other photographer (and many have tried) If you are not Cuban..... I now officially declare you.... HONORARY CUBAN.
Guest 13-May-2005 20:10
My "one day" means that I want to visit when Fidel is alive. Great pictures. I also have a a80, and I love it.
Guest 13-May-2005 20:04
Thank you for Cuba pictures. One day I will see the whole story.
juan cabrera 02-May-2005 13:16
EXCELLENT PICTURES. ONE DAY, WHEN CASTRO IS DEAD, I WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT THE ISLAND WHERE I WAS BORN AND DO NOT KNOW.
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rafael e gonzalez 20-Apr-2005 01:23
THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFULL CUBAN PHOTOS, I WAS BORN IN CAMAGUEY AND SCAPE THE COUNTRY IN 1961 AND SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN THE USA, I NEVER HAVE VISITED THE ISLAND AND AS SOON AS THE COMMUNIST ARE GONE I WILL VISIT THE ISLAND. IN THE MEAN TIME I VISIT MY COUNTRY BY LOOKING AT YOUR PICTURES. I AM A CPA, CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT IN MIAMI SINCE 1972 AND MY HOBBY IS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. BY THE WAY, YOU HAVE A VERY SEXY WIFE, BOTH OF YOU LOOK WELL TOGETHER.

RAFAEL E GONZALEZ CPA
Rafaeltato@yahoo.com
Guest 06-Apr-2005 13:21
Nice pics
Spanish Woman 23-Mar-2005 11:40
I have never been to Cuba -yet, I plan to go next summer-, I came across your pics while searching for information for my upcomming trip, not being yet really convinced about the destination I had chosen... Both of you made incredibly beautiful pictures, most of all the portraits, which are so tender and vivacious...
You are an artist, thanks for hanging such beauties on the web. I am now looking forward for my summer trip!!
Manuel 14-Dec-2004 22:04
Very nice photos. Thank you for sharing.
Manuel
Andy Rynes12-Dec-2004 11:38
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Reid Welch 10-Dec-2004 10:10
astounding work. I have never been to Cuba. I have never been -able- to visit that country where my grandfather used to weekend on occasion, in respite from 1930's Miami

I have lived amoung Miami exiles since they arrived in vast numbers starting about 1960. I arrived here in Miami in 1957 as a three year old. I write this stuff in case any Miami exiles read me: I am GLAD you came and made our city what it is.

PEDRO PAN: In about 1961, one day at my older brother's Kaurey league ball game out west on Bird road (field now paved over) I was bat-boy. I stood, hanging on one side of the backstop fence, transfixed by a remarkable spectacle: A Cuban boy just about my age was on the OTHER side of the backstop, offset from me. His "mother" cooed over and over and over "Pepito... Pepito..... Pepito.... for the longest time. A Channel 4 newscamera rolled and sound-recorded the vignette. THE BOY never answered his "mother". I always wondered 'why'? In '89 or so I finally learned why: the local TV station was making a Ralph Renick-narrated documentary about the pedro pan children. "The Plight of Pepito" was the on-air name of the result.

Pepito did not heed his 'mother's' calling, i learned in '89, because his name was not Pepito, but "ORLANDO" and his mother was an enlisted aid in the project.

Does anybody know Orlando today? Is he around? I wish i could shake his hand, and banish that old chain link barrier from my childhood memory.

Thanks to Mr. EL-Hamalawi for making this site and letting me tell a very tiny perspective of an era that ruined and is ruining countles lives. Never did this before at any site. You inspire me, sir.

I hope to live long enough to see matters in Cuba improve. I may be reached for the time being at reidwelch@people.pc.com in case any reader knows the man who was "Pepito" and might show this recollection to him.
Sandra 17-Nov-2004 02:11
You did an amazing job with these photos.I have been to different parts of Cuba while travelling on holidays .I love the generosity of the Cuban people.They always seem to be so happy and who knows perhaps they are.You captured the beauty of the countryside and the history of Havana.Thanks for sharing.Well done.
Dr. Alfredo Gomez 06-Nov-2004 23:18


I don’t know if it was your intention to accurately portray Cuba as it is today. All I know is that you have done a fantastic job with your pictures. I cannot believe that you are not a professional. Your subject composition is excellent. Maybe you were not trying, but you have managed to capture a mood I have never seen before in any publication about Cuba. You should publish your best pictures in a book. You have inspired me to take better pictures (and to get an 8 mega pixel camera.)

I read the e-mails that you have received. As you can see many Cubans are not able to talk about Cuba objectively. They are hurting too much. I was only 21 when I left Cuba to come to engineering school at Cornell University. I was able to adapt better than my father and mother who are now 88 and 86. They will die here with only their memories of the old Habana they loved so much.

The truth about conditions in Cuba before Castro is somewhere in the middle of what you are hearing. I would estimate Cuba had a middle class of 30% of the population, a rich class of 5% and a poor class of 65%. Many of the poor lived in the country and if you did not travel outside of Habana you may conclude that the middle class was larger. Many feel Castro is now “punishing” Habana and spending more resources in the country and this is why Habana is in such a dilapidated state.

Thank you for taking the time to post your pictures!







Martha 20-Oct-2004 14:33
HELLO, JUST GOT A CHANCE TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR CUBAN PHOTOS. LOVED THE PICTURES OF THE VINTAGE CARS, THAT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION WHEN I FIRST VISITED CUBA THREE YEARS AGO. MY PARENTS ARE BOTH CUBAN AND SO I GOT TO EXPERIENCE IT FIRST HAND THROUGH THEIR EYES, IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME. I AM A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, I PHOTOGRAPH IN BLACK AND WHITE THEN HAND COLOR THE PHOTOS WITH OILS. I TOOK A LOT OF "PERSONAL" PHOTOS WITH NO THOUGHT ABOUT HAVING THEM DISPLAYED. SO FAR MY PICTURES HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED IN NEW YORK CITY, NYACK, NEW YORK AND THEN GOING TO FRANCE. IF YOU LIKE, TAKE AT LOOK AT THEM, WWW.PHOTOGRAPHYBYMARTHA.COM AND CLICK ON "OTHER" CATEGORY.
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR PHOTOS.
Eileen M. 04-Oct-2004 02:38
Dear Sharif, thank you for posting the pictures from Cuba, I was not born there, but my entire family is from Cuba. I have only heard stories and seen pictures black/white, of there lives there. But seeing these pictures has made me understand more about Cuba. I was amazed o see the old cars, and loved the picture of El Malecon. My Maternal Grandfather used to live in front of El Malecon, he passed away , and the building he lived in was condemed. Anyway, thank you again for those beautiful pictures. I forward the e-mail that was sent to me by a dear friend, to my family so they too can see your lovely photos. God Bless you.
Victor Cardenal 21-Sep-2004 02:33
Dear Sharif, I was born in Cuba and left the country in Sept. 1961. I was amazed and shocked to see Havana as I remember it from my childhood, just totally deteriorated. I was 15 years old, so I remember very well what La Habana Vieja used to look like back in 1961.
The comments my fellow countryman made in your guessbook I found somewhat radical, even his web address (pistol something) is radical.
You broght back many memories and for that, I thank you deeply.
You didn´t only take magnificent photos, you also told a sad, very real story.
cuban pete 29-Aug-2004 21:07
Hi Sharif. I enjoyed viewing your photos of Cuba. By reading reactions of others who have viewed your pictures, I need not tell you of the emotions that can be stirred. Many who know very little of the Island are amazed by the images of a country who is stuck in the past, with it's old American cars, Spanish forts, and coblestone streets. Others have a more shocking reaction. They remember the land from which they were tossed. They're memories of a once thriving and beautiful country are destroyed. While Cuba still has beautiful beaches and mountains to see, the main cities are falling apart from decay and the people are struggling to survive in a land of little opportunity.
I was born in Cuba and brought to the U.S. at the age of two. In 1992, I travelled to Cuba to see my family and learn about my homeland. I was amazed to see the horrable conditions in which they lived. Since, I've return to spend time with my family and see more of the country. I'm also a photographer and "let me tell you!", you have to be very careful of how you show your Cuban pictures in Miami. The Cubans here do not want to see anything that shows Castro or it's government. You can't really blame them, after what have been through.
Well, I wish you luck in your next adventures.
Matt Reichel17-Jan-2004 01:51
You have some really nice photographs. I really enjoyed going through you galleries.