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Picturing Cuba: Havana and Trinidad
with Jennifer Spelman
January 9 - January 18, 2014

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At every step I felt this sense of being both supported and yet having the freedom to explore. Nancy Lehrer, past Cuba Program participant

As the eyes of the world turn to the small but resilient island in the Caribbean Sea, Picturing Cuba offers you the rare opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and to discover the country’s cultural diversity and physical beauty with your camera. Alluring, urban Havana and laid-back, colonial Trinidad are our primary locations to explore. Join photographers and seasoned Cuba travelers Jennifer Spelman and Dustin Sammann for a memorable journey to this beguiling country before it changes forever.

Cuba offers an experience like no other. A tropical paradise with a storied past, where intrigue, romance, and uncertainty are woven into the fabric of everyday life, Cuba is at a turning point in its history. It’s a potent mix of contradictions: socialism, newly approved private enterprise, and some of the richest soils on the planet still being tilled by oxen; relaxed Caribbean island culture and vibrant big-city life; chrome-laden vintage American cars from the 1940’s and ‘50’s juxtaposed with new Chinese taxis and tour buses.

To offer you unparalleled access to the citizens and culture of Cuba, English-speaking Cuban photographers who live in Havana and Trinidad serve as our local hosts and translators for this cultural exchange. In alliance with Cuba’s premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director, Nelson Ramírez, our unique program allows U.S. participants to learn about Cuba's long and colorful history and have educational exchanges with Cubans from all walks of life.

This U.S. government-approved educational exchange program visits the cultural centers of Old Havana and the nearby neighborhoods to meet the Cuban people and discover the authentic Cuba that lies beneath the tourist veil. After two full days in bustling Havana, we journey by motor coach across the island to Cuba’s third oldest settlement, Trinidad de Cuba, for our three-evening stay. Founded in 1514 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Caribbean town—with its pastel-covered buildings, cobblestone streets and laid-back island atmosphere—is Cuba’s protected gem. Our guide Julio Muñoz, born in Trinidad and today its most well known photographer, shares his treasured places with our group. We return to Havana for the final two days of our Cuba adventure.

Join Jennifer and Dustin in Cuba for an organized educational exchange through the forbidden isle and experience Picturing Cuba through your own eyes. The music, dance, sports, local produce markets, architectural marvels, stunning landscapes and, most of all, the spirited and gracious Cuban people are the focus of this program that will enable you to better understand the fascinating country just 90 miles south of Miami.

True to the requirements of a people-to-people license with U.S. Treasury Department, Picturing Cuba focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras. There will not be structured photo instruction nor group critiques.

Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer, and a key member of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Cuba Cultural Exchange Program. In addition to playing a key role in the Cuba Program over the last three years she has taught workshops in Santa Fe, India, and Mexico, and co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions. Jennifer has been published in Food & Wine, The Sun, Rangefinder, and B&W. Her web site is www.jenniferspelman.com.

Dustin Sammann is a key member of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Cuba Cultural Exchange Program. He is fluent in Spanish and, having traveled to Cuba multiple times over the last three years, he has an intimate understanding and love for the people and culture of Cuba. Dustin currently works in the photo department at Outside magazine. To view his images from Cuba visit his web site, www.dustinsammann.com.

$4,295 per person. Package includes:  double occupancy for 5 nights in Havana (Hotel Parque Central) and 3 nights in Trinidad (Hotel Las Cuevas); single supplement add $700; breakfast daily plus two group meals; airport transfers and ground transportation in Cuba; and all required visas and licenses. Hotel expenses in Miami and airfare to Miami and Havana not included; round-trip charter airfare between Miami and Havana is approximately $500.

Jennifer Spelman: Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer. She received her photographic training as an assistan...

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