Warm tropical light at sunrise; lush city parks ablaze with foliage; pastel-colored homes around every bend, the rich patina of 1950’s vintage American cars and the lush surrounding countryside that infuse Cuba with an explosion of color is our backdrop for this ‘road trip’ through Cuba.
Colonial Cuba and the Countryside is an opportunity to participate in a people-to-people cultural exchange at this fascinating time in Cuban’s march towards an uncertain future. Compelling, paradoxical, alluring, and complicated are all words that appropriately describe Cuba today.
On this 10-day journey through Cuba we visit the classic colonial cities of Remedios, Santa Clara, Trinidad, and Havana. On our travels from one intriguing city to the next, we explore the lush countryside and the people who grace this beautiful land. Our adventure leads us to such diverse locations as abandoned sugar mills, cigar factories, coffee plantations, dance studios, fishing villages, the Che Guevara museum, as well Topes de Collantes, a nature preserve in the Escambray Mountains. All the while exploring color photography with master color photographer and frequent Cuba traveler, Arthur Meyerson.
Intermixed with daily group excursions to discover the heart and soul of the inhabitants of the region is time to make color photographs that express your visions of an emerging Cuba onto the world’s stage. You will benefit from Arthur’s knowledge and advice as a photographer and teacher. Helping you establish your unique vision of Cuba is one of Arthur’s goals during this tour and includes two group image reviews with Cuban photographers during the week.
Our 10-day, U.S. government-approved educational program offers unparalleled access to cultural, artistic and historical centers in Havana and various excursions to the surrounding countryside. Kip Brundage, Cuba Program Director for Santa Fe Workshops, joins this trip with Arthur to handle logistics as well as offer his vast knowledge of Cuba. In addition to Kip, English-speaking Cuban photographers act as our local hosts and translators. In alliance with Cuba's premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director Nelson Ramírez, this unique program allows participants to learn about Cuba's long and colorful history and engage directly with Cubans from all walks of life.
Join Arthur and the experienced staff in Cuba for an organized educational exchange enabling you to better understand this intriguing island.
“I fell in love with Cuba the very first time I set foot there in 2011,” Arthur says. “The sights, the sounds, the smells, the people and the color captivated me from the start. And while The Color of Cuba is my tenth trip to the island, I always dreamed of a ‘road trip’ through this country of visual surprises. That dream is now a reality on this 10-day excursion. Join me for what promises to be a unique photographic experience.”
True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department, Colonial Cuba and the Countryside focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.