We are pleased to offer this fantastic program in association with Blurb.
Fascinating and paradoxical, the city once known as the “Paris of the Western Hemisphere” takes center stage. Havana, Cuba pulses like no other city in the world in its surreal present state. Straddling between socialism and capitalism, decay and glamour, riotous colors and melancholy interiors, the city races in many opposite directions due to its arrested development toward an uncertain future. The small but resilient island of Cuba is once again a land of light, song, and hope.
To bear witness and be present to a nation rocketing forward on the winds of change is a photographer’s dream. Explore, discover, photograph and bring your vision of Cuba to life on the pages of a book with help from Dan Milnor, Blurb’s Creative Evangelist and experienced book-maker.
With intoxicating Havana as our springboard, our group sets out through the streets and neighborhoods to engage with the extraordinarily attractive, dignified, and resourceful Cuban people. Their vibrant culture is illustrated through meaningful people-to-people interactions. Each day we venture out and visit markets, dance companies, artist studios, sporting events, street festivals, and musical performances—journeys that allow each participant to exchange ideas with Cuban artists, students, musicians, farmers, small business and restaurant owners, dancers, and fishermen.
As an added bonus, Dan works in the evenings of the trip with each traveler who is interested in developing their book project. He covers the main ingredients of this creative process, including defining what you want to make (book, magazine, trade book, or a combination), edit and sequence your images, choose typography, and design the piece itself.
Our home for the week is Convento Santa Brigida, a beautifully restored convent in the heart of Old Havana, one block from Plaza Vieja. Featuring simple but comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms, light-filled group meeting spaces, a library, a chapel, and Italian nuns as our lovely hosts, the convent is a serene base to return to after the daily adventures in bustling Havana and the nearby countryside.
Our 8-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 Dan to handle logistics as well as offer his vast knowledge of Cuba. In addition to Kip, 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, 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 Dan and the experienced staff in Cuba for an organized educational exchange enabling you to better understand this intriguing island.
True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department, Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.