Cuba is one of the most enchanting and captivating countries in the world, a pulsating and multifaceted blend of history, music, dance, gracious people and vibrant island culture. Camagüey—a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cuba’s third largest city, and one of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards—invites visitors to experience a more relaxed Cuba than is found in Havana and Santiago.
Join photographer Keith Carter on this unique opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and to discover the allure that is Camagüey through your lens. This photographic journey offers the perfect tandem: Camagüey’s sophisticated, urban life and the verdant, rural countryside, frozen in time, just beyond the city limits. We explore the eclectic, narrow, winding streets of Camagüey, primarily in the large and well-preserved historical center of the city.
From Camagüey, the social and cultural core of the province, we are transported to an even slower lifestyle in the nearby farming villages and seaside towns that take you to a world that seems unchanged for the past fifty years.
With your eyes and hearts open, we travel off the tourist trail through Camagüey and the countryside to better understand this intriguing and complicated country through direct exchanges with the Cuban people. Friendly and generous of spirit, the people of Cuba are the country’s treasure and its most dynamic force.
In alliance with Cuba’s premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director, Nelson Ramírez, our eight-day, U.S. government-approved educational program offers a cultural exchange as well as a rich photographic educational experience. To offer you unparalleled access to the inhabitants and culture of Camagüey, two English-speaking, Cuban photographers serve as your local guides and translators.
With your camera as your entrée into people’s lives, this inspiring week expands your photographic life as well as your understanding of the inhabitants of this beguiling island. One-on-one review sessions with Keith and two group image reviews provide you with feedback your images and advice for improving your photography.
Keith adds, “Everyone is encouraged to bring their sense of humor along with a sense of purpose; wise-asses, hotdogs, and burnouts are, of course, always welcome!” True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department,
Imagining Paradise: Colonial Camaguey focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.