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The people of Cuba are the country’s treasure and its most dynamic force. They are friendly and generous of spirit, resourceful and resilient, and are incredibly open to sharing their personal lives and their country with visitors. This unique photographic program with world-renown portrait photographer Zack Arias allows you the opportunity to meet and interact with Cubans from all walks of life. With your camera as your passport, we delve beneath the tourist veil of Havana to better understand this intriguing and complicated country through direct exchanges with the Cuban people.
To offer you unparalleled access to the inhabitants and culture of Cuba, two English-speaking, Havana-based Cuban photographers serve as your local guides and translators for this cultural exploration program. In alliance with Cuba’s premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director, Nelson Ramírez, our unique program allows the U.S. participants to learn about Cuba's long and colorful history and it’s exciting future.
Throughout the week, shared experiences allow for insightful portraits that strengthen our cultural interactions and reveal the spirit and passion of Cuban people. We visit unique areas in and around Havana, meeting its remarkable people and discovering its natural light and colorful surroundings in locations such as the ciudadelas (little cities) of Old Havana, Centro, Malecón, Monte, Cayo Huseo, Barrio Chino, Vedado, and Cojimar. Against these stunning backdrops and in conjunction with insightful conversations with Cubans living and working in Havana, authentic portraits of Cuba emerge.
Our 8-day, U.S. government-approved program offers an educational exchange with the Cuban people as well as a rich photographic experience. One-on-one review sessions with Zack and two group critiques offer feedback on images made and advice given for improving your photography. In addition, Zack demonstrates his signature lighting style using small strobes on location in Havana.
With your camera as your entrée into people’s lives, join Zack on his third trip to Cuba for an inspiring week that expands your photographic life and opens the door to this beguiling island’s quickly changing world.