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Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside
with Jennifer Spelman
January 21 - January 29, 2014

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The whole experience far exceeded my expectations. The interactions with the Cuban people and local experiences overall were extremely rewarding and so unique. Our Cuban hosts were phenomenal and so helpful in every way—with photography, culture, access, everything. Laura Ward, past Cuba Program participant

Cuba is one of the most enchanting and captivating countries in the world: a pulsating, multifaceted blend of history, music, dance, gracious people, and vibrant island culture. Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside offers you a unique opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and discover the allure that is Cuba through your lens. Join photographer and seasoned Cuba traveler Jennifer Spelman for this memorable journey to the Pearl of the Antilles.

Picturing Cuba provides with you with the perfect tandem—experiencing the bustling, urban life of Havana as well as the verdant, rural countryside, frozen in time just beyond the city limits. Explore the eclectic and polychromatic streets of Havana, primarily in the historical center of Old Havana and the more modern tree-lined neighborhoods of Vedado. Havana is a city of dreams, an idyllic paradise where economic and political conflicts mix with mojitos and tobacco.

Beyond Old Havana we discover an even slower lifestyle, the Cuban countryside—a world that seems unchanged for the past fifty years. Where the Cuban farmer, or campesino, sits on an old wooden chair, milking his cow and tending to his animals. Always friendly, the Cuban campesino knows how to receive a guest. Excursions focus on rural family life and include trips to community organic farms and livestock ranches, recreational seaside villages, a journey to the beautiful, tobacco-farming region of Viñales, and visits with rural artisans who create their work away from big-city influences.

Our 8-day, U.S. government-approved educational exchange program offers each participant unparalleled access to cultural, artistic and historical centers in Havana and various excursions to the surrounding countryside. English-speaking Cuban photographers who live in Havana act 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.

Join Jennifer and our experienced staff in Cuba for an organized educational exchange through the largest island of the Caribbean. The music, dance, architectural marvels, local produce markets, the tranquil country life and, most of all, the spirited Cuban people are the focus of Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside, enabling you to better understand this intriguing island.

True to the requirements of the people-to-people license with U.S. Treasury Department, Portrait of Cuba focuses on exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras. There will not be structured photo instruction or 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.

$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. Airfare is 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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