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Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Tony Bonanno
January 21 - January 29, 2014

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Just 90 miles south of Florida is Cuba—one of the most fascinating and beguiling countries in the world, a vibrant and complex blend of history, people, and contemporary culture. But political tensions have all but hidden the enchanting Cuban culture and people from most Americans since 1959.

Seeing Cuba offers you the rare opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and discover and explore the country’s cultural diversity and physical beauty with your camera. 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 a program that enables you to better understand this enigmatic country.
Cuba is a tropical paradise with a storied history where intrigue, romance, and uncertainty are woven into the fabric of everyday life. With the captivating capital city of Havana as our springboard, our group sets out through the streets and neighborhoods to engage with the citizens and culture through meaningful people-to-people contact. We have organized a journey that allows you to exchange ideas and experiences with Cuban artists, students, musicians, farmers, restaurant owners, small business owners, dancers, and fisherman.

To offer you unparalleled access to the citizens and culture of Cuba, two English-speaking Cuban photographers who live in Havana serve as our local hosts and translators. 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 engage directly with Cubans from all walks of life.

In addition to visiting and interacting with Cubans at the historic sites and cultural centers of Old Havana, the group ventures to the nearby neighborhoods to discover the authentic Cuba that lies beneath the tourist veil. The tree-lined suburban neighborhood of Vedado provides a diversity of architecture and living conditions, giving us a richer understanding the Cuban people and their urban lifestyle. A day-long excursion outside Havana allows a close view of the island’s beautiful countryside and offers the rare opportunity to discover rural Cuba.

With Cuba at this turning point in its history, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Join Tony and our experienced staff in Cuba for this opportunity to deepen your appreciation and understanding of this forbidden country before it changes forever.

True to the requirements of a people-to-people license with U.S. Treasury Department, Seeing 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.

Tony Bonanno is an internationally renowned professional photographer who has worked extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Cuba, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Africa, and Australia. His diverse subjects have ranged from the President and First Lady of the U.S. to indigenous peoples and their cultures, to capturing the beauty and rhythms of running horses in his acclaimed Hooves & Dust series. This is Tony’s fourth year leading trips to Cuba for The Workshops. His web site is www.bonannophoto.com, and you can view his work on Cuba at www.cubafotografo.com.

$3,995 per person. Package includes: double occupancy for 7 nights in Havana (Hotel Parque Central); single supplement add $600; 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.

Tony Bonanno: Tony Bonanno is a professional photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His subjects have ranged from the President and Fi...

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