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90 miles and 50 years. That’s what has divided the United States and the island of Cuba—until now. On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, just hours after American Alan Gross was released after five years in a Cuban prison, President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Obama’s plans are sweeping and include expanding economic ties with Cuba, opening an embassy in Havana, and easing travel restrictions. (Tourist travel remains banned.)

So now truly is the time to experience Cuba before it changes forever. True to our values as an inspirational resource for photographers, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is building bridges between these two nations and their people via our cultural exchange programs.

The Workshops has developed our unique programs to foster dialogue, interaction, and understanding between the U.S. and Cuba. Our focus is on exploring and celebrating similarities, as well as what our societies can learn from one another. We can do all this thanks to an authorization by the U.S. Treasury Department to operate people-to-people educational exchanges in Cuba. For you, Cuba represents not just another travel opportunity, but the chance to become richer in thought, spirit, and vision, both as a person and as an artist.

Travel to Cuba can be complex, and our years of experience navigating travel, logistics, and language offer you the security of exploring the visual and cultural landscape of the island with a meticulously planned journey. Our operations team of seasoned Cuba travelers—Kip Brundage, Dustin Sammann, and Jennifer Spelman—and local, English-speaking Cuban photographers provide their knowledge of the country and guide you behind the tourist veil. Small group sizes of 12 to 15 travelers encourage authentic and compelling educational visits to dance and artist's studios, local produce markets, boxing arenas, agricultural and livestock farms, and music venues, to name a few of our well-planned locations. Each program is led by a world-renowned photographer who provides insight, inspiration and encouragement.

With our program, your camera is your passport. Discover Cuba and engage with its warm, welcoming people on our licensed educational exchanges.

True to the requirements of our people-to-people license with U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (License # CT-2013-301655-1), our programs in Cuba focus on educational exchanges that provide meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba while recording their amazing lives with our cameras. There will not be structured photo instruction or group critiques.

We are currently accepting applications and deposits for the following Cuba programs. To reserve your space, fill out the online registration form and your $1000 deposit will be processed. All travelers will need to complete additional paperwork, and provide a copy of his/her valid passport 60 days prior to the departure date. Travelers are also required to purchase travel insurance for these trips.

Visit the General Information section for Cancellation and Transfer information.

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© Patricia Galagan, past Cuba program participant

Portrait of Cuba
with Sean Kernan

January 20 - January 28, 2015

An authentic portrait of Cuba emerges when you combine insightful conversations with Cubans with the backdrop of Havana.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, On The Road, Portraits

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals

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© Carrie McCarthy

Discovering Authentic Cuba
with Carrie McCarthy

March 24 - April 1, 2015

Join us and discover the allure of the people and culture of Cuba with your heart, mind, and, perhaps, your camera.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, Travel, On The Road

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Photographers and Non-Photographers are welcome!

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© Karen Ahn, past participant in a Cuba Program with Joe McNally

Portrait of Cuba
with Joe McNally

March 24 - April 1, 2015

With world-renowned photographer Joe McNally as your guide, meet and interact with Cubans from all walks of life.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, On The Road, Portraits

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals

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© Arthur Meyerson

Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Arthur Meyerson

January 20 - January 28, 2015

With your camera as your passport, engage with Cuban people and discover Cuba’s cultural diversity and physical beauty.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, On The Road, Travel

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals

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© Elizabeth Opalenik

Women of Cuba: Exploring Their Changing Roles
with Elizabeth Opalenik, Leysis Quesada

March 17 - March 25, 2015

Examine the roles of Cuban women from political, social & photographic perspectives on a “for women only” cultural exchange.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, On The Road, Documentary

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals

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© Eddie Soloway

Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside
with Eddie Soloway

January 27 - February 4, 2015

Join photographer and seasoned Cuba traveler Eddie Soloway and experience both bustling Havana and the verdant countryside.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, On The Road, Fine Art

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals

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© Jennifer Spelman

Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Jennifer Spelman

March 17 - March 25, 2015

Alongside Cuban photographers, discover Cuba’s cultural diversity and exchange ideas with Cubans from a range of backgrounds.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, On The Road, Travel

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals

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© Elliott McDowell, past Cuba Program participant

Portrait of Cuba
with Joyce Tenneson

January 27 - February 4, 2015

Shared experiences allow you to create insightful portraits and true connections with Cuba’s greatest treasure: its people.

CATEGORIES: Cuba Program, On The Road, Portraits

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals

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