Havana Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! From the beat of Afro-Cuban drums… to the sounds of jazz trumpets….to the dancers, with their fast-moving feet and swiveling hips, swaying under the tropical evening sky…to the aroma of Cuban cooking and strong coffee … Cuba will, like few other places, awaken your senses, revive your creativity, and grab onto your soul. In Havana, where the Workshop is centered, waves crash onto the protecting walls of the Malecon, playfully splashing those who stroll the ocean-side walkway. On the wide boulevards, without hurry, cars from the ‘40s and ‘50s chug along, carrying families…or, with increasing frequency, wide-eyed tourists. Throughout Havana, pastel-colored Spanish-colonial buildings (albeit fading and often in need of repair) hug the streets, adding pops of color and historic elegance to this stuck-in-a-time-warp treasure of a country.
Come photograph Cuba with Cuban-Italian photographer Manuello Paganelli, who began photographing Cuba's vibrant people and historical culture in 1989, when he was one of the few foreigner walking in Havana. Captivated by Cuba's soulful way of life and colorful people, Paganelli has visited the island over 50 times. His new photo book Cuba A Personal Journey 1989-2016 was chosen by The Guardian newspaper as one of the top 10 travel books to get for Christmas 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/dec/07/top-10-travel-books-for-christmas-gifts
Paganelli has contributed for magazines such as: Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Forbes, GQ, Men's Journal, Spiegel, Stern to name a few. He has led photography workshops throughout the world and has exhibited at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Manege Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and art galleries across the USA.
Over the past years, Manuello has led small groups across Cuba, showing an insider's perspective and now photographers from all levels of expertise will have the opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind experience interacting and meeting real Cuban folks, listening to live Cuban music, watching a Santeria ceremony with drums and dancers, learning about the history of the island and its politics of Cuba with a Cuban official.*
*This is contingent to the availability of the top government official during our time there.
Students will discover the richness of the country and will gain the confidence necessary to engage with the locals and capture powerful images of the setting and the moment. This Workshop will educate students on street photography in a foreign setting, using Cuba – the jewel of the Caribbean – as its lab.
During the Workshop the participants will have the privilege of having a professional Cuban born photographer instructor along side Paganelli, allowing students to see the island through a Cuban artist’s eyes. Every student will have an opportunity to spend individualized time with each instructor.
Each day we will meet at a designated time & place in the home and from there we will go out for several hours photographing on the streets or at a chosen location. When time permits, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, we all will meet to go over the day’s photo work. We will provide feedback, and offer tips for you to try out the next day.
Workshop is limited to 8-10 students.
Due to the small size of the Workshop I encourage you to register as early as possible since the classes will fill up quickly. All fees MUST be paid in full 60 days in advance of departure. Payments of USA $5,500.00 can be made by PayPal or by wiring the workshop fee directly to the bank account.
For photography workshop participation: $5,500.00
You can also bring a companion who will not be joining all the activities of the workshop or any photo reviews. The cost of the companion will be $4,000.
Any students arriving from Europe or Asia should arrive to Cuba a couple days before to minimize the effects of the jetlag.
A deposit of $1,500.00 per participant must be paid to guarantee your reservation, which will be used towards the cost of the workshop.
- Workshop fees
- Flights from Miami-Santiago-Miami: Be aware that to travel to Cuba your passport must be valid up to at least 6 months after the day of travel.
- All paper work compliance with US Treasury Dept policies
- Cuba Entry Visa and any airport taxes due
- Lodging is included. For an original and substantial interactions between photo workshop participants and Cubans we will be staying at private homes in either double shared rooms or private rooms. Home accommodations will be secure and with AC and private bath with hot and cold water.
A single room is subject to availability for an additional supplement fee. * Transportation in Cuba only related to workshops or from and to airport. All breakfast and two group dinner.
- Local guide/translator, local Cuban assistant photographer.
* Due to the large influx of tourism and the lack of infrastructure in the hospitality industry, hotel rooms are currently very difficult to secure.
Fees Not Included:
- The Miami hotel room.
- Extra luggage weight above 44 lbs.
- Meals outside of breakfast or the three group meals.
- Any travel and medical care insurance.
- Any tips for guide, Cuban photographer, drivers, bellboy, mini bar or any food items or drinks consumed from your hotel/house room.
- Medical care insurance.
- Any optional event that requires an entry fees such as: night club, musical event, sports venue, night clubs or any additional cost not included in the itinerary.
- Travel/cancellation insurance.
What to bring
At least two sets of DSLR camera bodies with five or more memory cards of 2GB-4GB or larger. Also one wide-angle lenses, a 50mm or 85mm lens, a telephoto, a light tripod to shoot during low lights or at night time and any other photographic tools that you may need during the workshop. Also bring extra batteries, a charger and your laptop to download your images for review & positive criticism. All participants must be able to download and backup you work since each day will be very intense and the instructors won’t have the time for that. I also encourage you to bring a back up system to safe your day’s work or in the event that your memory cards fills up. It could be done in your laptop, DVD, a small external HD or flash drives. I can give you tips as to the best external HD to get.
There won’t be any spare computers to be used, so please bring your laptops with you and PLEASE be very familiar with all your personal equipment
Paganelli is not responsible for personal injuries or equipment lost or damage during the workshop. The signing of the enrolment form releases Manuello Paganelli from any liability. And Paganelli is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is canceled due to an act of nature or change in political climate. I recommend you buy refundable air ticket or travel insurance.
Terms & Conditions
July 17, 2016 Mia-Holguin
July 18, 2016 Holguin-Bayamo-Santiago
Arrive at Fran Pais Airport then head for hotel or homes where we will be staying.
Once settle we will walk around taking photos and discovering parts of Holguin.
- Welcome dinner at a chosen restaurant in Holguin
July 19, 2016 Santiago de Cuba
After breakfast trip to Loma de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross) the leave for Bayamo
In Bayamo we will visit La Fabrica de los Coches and take a ride on the horse drawn carriage
- Depart for Santiago late afternoon
July 20, 2016 Santiago de Cuba
Visit la Finca El Dajao and go horse backriding at the Sierra de Boniato and learn how to milk a cow & rope a calf
- Enjoy nature while taking photos of the wonderful sites and landscape from a high point of Finca El Dajao
- Santiago Carnivals
July 21, 2016 Santiago de Cuba
Visit the Artistic Community Berraco and the Prehistoric Valley Jurassic Period
- Lunch at the Hacienda Horizontes El Indio
- Dinner at a local restaurantDinner at a local restaurant then to the Carnivals
July 22, 2016 Santiago de Cuba
Early outing to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre church where Pope Francis held Mass. In 1954, North American author Ernest Hemingway donated his Nobel Prize in Literature medal to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity.
Visit boxing ring
- Supper then to
Santiago de Cuba Carnivals
July 23, 2016 Santiago de Cuba
Special day observing, learning and photographing an original santeria ceremony. More details will be available once we are in Cuba
- After supper head for carnivals
July 24, 2016 Santiago de Cuba
Visit the Artistic Community Berraco and the Prehistoric Valley Jurassic Period
- Lunch Hacienda Horizontes El Indio
Early evening trip to the Spanish fortress of El Morro the head to the carnivals
Morning on your own
Final group dinner at chosen paladar to mark the end of our workshop then go to the carnivals
July 25, 2016 Santiago de Cuba
Departure to airport and to Miami
Highlights of SAantiago de Cuba:
San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle, Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, La Gran Piedra, Moncada Barracks, Granma Island, Diego Velazaues Museum, Parque de Baconao, Jarding de los Helechos
Books On Cuba: Lots of great travel or fiction books to read regarding Cuba. Some of my favorites are:
- 1. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. http://manuellopaganelli.com/Cuba/21/
- 2. Cuba by Walker Evans
- 3. Insight Guide Cuba APA Houghton Mifflin Company
- 4. Our Man in Havana by Graham Green
- 5. The Reader’s Companion to Cuba by Alan Ryan
- 6. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson
- 7. The Che Handbook by Hilda Barrio & Gareth Jenkins
- 8. Paradiso by Jose Lezama Lima
- 9. The Wise Women of Havana by Jose Raul Bernardo
- 10. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
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