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Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Kip Brundage
January 28 - February 5, 2014

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Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is pleased to be joining together with Maine Media Workshops on this photographic cultural exchange experience in Cuba. Kip Brundage and Brenton Hamilton, Chair of the Professional Certificate Program in Visual Storytelling at Maine Media Workshops, lead a small group of fourteen photographers on this unforgettable journey of discovery to the Pearl of the Antilles.

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 a turning point in its history, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Join Kip and our experienced staff in Cuba for this unique 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.

Kip Brundage is Director of the Cuba Program for the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and has led numerous trips to the island. Kip’s experience and knowledge of Cuba assures our travelers a highly organized trip and rewarding overall experience. Kip has been working professionally as a photographer for over 30 years. His work has taken him around the world for numerous editorial, corporate, and commercial clients. His web site is www.kipbrundage.com.

Brenton Hamilton is a full-time faculty member and Chair of the Professional Certificate Program in Visual Storytelling at the Maine Media Workshops. He has led classes for 22 years and lectures widely, both in Maine and nationally, about contemporary issues in photography, its history, and other subject areas within the medium and contemporary trends. His web site is www.brentonhamiltonstudio.net.

$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.

Kip Brundage: Kip Brundage is Director of the Cuba Program for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and has led numerous trips. Kip’s expe...

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