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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 de Cuba are our primary locations to explore. Join photographer and seasoned Cuba traveler Eddie Soloway 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 40’s and 50’s American cars juxtaposed with new Chinese made 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 edifices, cobblestone streets and relaxed 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 Eddie 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 this 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.
Eddie Soloway is leading his fifth Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Cuba Cultural Exchange. His photographic eye and style has developed during a lifetime of exploring places such as Cuba, Italy, Argentina, Africa, and Australia. He divides his time between fine-art printing, teaching, speaking on creativity and the photographic life, and furthering photographic publishing projects. He is the author of the book, One Thousand Moons, and the instructional DVD, A Natural Eye Workshop. Eddie’s web site is www.eddiesoloway.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.