Cuba:

A Photographic Journey to Modern Day Cuba

with Vincent Versace and
Fatima NeJame

Nov 10-18, 2012

© Fatima NeJame
© Fatima NeJame
Double Occupancy: $5695 • Single Occupancy: $6195

Space Limited to 12 participants.

Cuba 2012: Double Occupancy $5695.00  
Cuba 2012: Single Occupancy $6195.00  
(C) Fatima NeJame
© Fatima NeJame

Description

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on and claimed the island now occupied by Cuba, for the Kingdom of Spain. Amid the warm crystalline waters of the sparkling Caribbean, over 500 years of roller-coaster history have conspired to create one of Latin America’s most electric and culturally unique societies. ‘Habana is very much like a rose,’ said Fico Fellove in the movie The Lost City, ‘it has petals and it has thorns…so it depends on how you grab it. But in the end it always grabs you.’

Engage Cubans directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture and traditions. Meet with Cuban historians, teachers, artists, musicians, naturalists, and others, and experience this fast-changing island nation through their eyes. Your cameras will record the warm vibrant people of this rapidly changing Caribbean nation. You will bring their lives, occupations and homes into today’s focus.

Join the Palm Beach Photographic Centre with its Master Photographer to lead you into modern day Cuba.


(C) Fatima NeJame
© Fatima NeJame

Additional Information

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Non-stop round trip flights from Miami to Havana on Gulfstream Charters
  • U.S. Treasury Department license and Letters of Authorization
  • Cuba Entry Visa
  • All land transportation and local transfers in Cuba
  • Accommodation - 8 Nights in First Class Hotels, Santa Isabel in Havana, Iberostar in Trinidad.
  • All Meals
  • Comprehensive educational exchange program, including all entrance fees
  • Experienced English-speaking guide provided by the City Historian’s Office who will assist with translations in the educational exchanges and discussions with the local Cubans.
  • All Taxes, fees, tips and gratuities (Except Cuba Departure tax of $30 or 25 CUCs)
  • Accident and health Insurance while in Cuba

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Biography

VINCENT VERSACE is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment, the Shellenberg fine art award, a six time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame and is the author of the best selling book, Welcome to Oz: A cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop which was chosen as Shutterbug Magazine's best how to book of the year. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History. Vincent is the photographer of Immediate Assistants Medical Rescue Go Team. He is a member of the Epson Stylus Pros, a a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, an Xrite Colorotti, Lexar Elite Photographer, an American Photo Magazine Mentor Trek and Master Class instructor and a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team teaching regularly at Photoshop World and the Maine Photographic and Palm Beach Photographic Workshops. Vincent was the original host of the Epson Print Academy. Articles about his work in conjunction with digital workflows have appeared in American Photo, Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Outdoor Photographer, Pro Digital Imaging, PDN, What Digital camera, Petersen's Photographic, PC Camera, Studio Design and Photography Professional Photographer and Digital Imaging magazines.

Website: http://www.versacephotography.com

FATIMA NEJAME is an accomplished photographer with many awards for her color photography and is a contributor to the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography on the subject of color photography. Fatima is a recognized digital imaging expert, who has been teaching digital photography and digital techniques for the last 19 years. She is the executive director of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre where she oversees day-to-day operations, marketing and technical operations for the Museum exhibitions and programming. She is much traveled and has led and taught many travel and classroom workshops and seminars. She is an author and renown lecturer on digital cameras, photography and technical aspects of the digital world.


(C) Fatima NeJame
© Fatima NeJame

Itinerary

1st Day – Saturday - Nov 10

Depart for Havana from Miami
Arrive at José Martí International Airport, Havana Cuba:
Transfer to Hotel Santa Isabel.
6 PM - Dinner.

2nd Day – Sunday - Nov 11

8:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 AM - Accompanied by an expert in local photography, the group will be guided to Havana’s Colonial City. The group will walk through the most historic part of Old Havana and the location of the founding of the City at El Templete, and visit some of the most photographed areas of Old Havana including Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales, La Punta Castle, Plaza San Francisco de Asís, & Plaza Vieja.
In the evening, travel across the channel for dinner at La Divina Pastora

3rd Day – Monday - Nov 12

8:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 AM - Start off the day visiting San Francisco de Paula, where Ernest Hemingway had a house in La Vigia Farm. Then travel to the picturesque fisherman’s village of Cojimar, where Hemingway used to dock “El Pilar.” Lunch at La Terrazas where Hemingway dined at the same corner table after spending the morning fishing on the “El Pilar”. Meet, converse with, and photograph the local fishermen and merchants. Return to Havana

4th Day –Tuesday – Nov 13

7:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
Travel by bus to Viñales National Park, and see and photograph the gorgeous landscapes of Viñales Valley. Then travel to Pinar del Rio to meet, talk with and photograph local residents. After lunch take a small boat and tour the inside of the Prehistoric Indian Cave photographing the native wall paintings drawn over 500 years ago. After a full day of meeting local residents, merchants and farmers and photographing the activities of their everyday lives, you’ll return to your Hotel stopping for a light dinner on the way.

(C) Fatima NeJame
© Fatima NeJame

5th Day – Wednesday - Nov 14

Breakfast at the hotel before leaving for Trinidad and Cienfuegos
9:00 AM - Leave for Cienfuegos. Photograph in small towns along the way including Colon, Jovellanos in Matanzas
1:00 PM - Lunch at Club Cienfuegos
2:00 PM - Interactive tour of Cienfuegos city that includes meeting, talking with and photographing local residents and workers performing their jobs and livelihoods in Cienfuegos.
4:00 PM - Depart for Trinidad
Check in at Hotel Iberostar. Dinner at the hotel.

6th Day – Thursday - Nov 15

8:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 AM - Depart the Hotel for a day of Photography in the Historic World Heritage Village of Trinidad. Walk the streets paved with cobblestones and engage in discussions with local merchants on their experiences as entrepreneurs in Cuba. Visit and talk with local artisans about the opportunities and challenges they face in creating and selling their works.
1:00 PM - Lunch at Plaza Mayor Restaurant
Free afternoon at leisure.
Return to Hotel
Dinner at Hotel
Free Evening at leisure

7th Day – Friday - Nov 16

8:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 AM - Visit to the Romantic Museum, the “Palacio Cantero”, Municipal Historic Museum, Casa de La Musica, meet with local Cuban musicians and discuss their work and opportunities and challenges.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Visit a local school.
Free afternoon at leisure
5:00 PM - Early dinner or box dinner on the bus.
8:00 PM - Afro/Cuban religious ceremony
9:00 PM - Return to Havana.
Arrive at Santa Isabel Hotel

8th Day – Saturday - Nov 17

8:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 AM - Walk through Havana and photograph historic buildings and talk with the local merchants.
Noon Lunch
Talk with local residents and photograph the passionate baseball fans. Visit the famous restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio and photograph the different characters along the streets of Old Havana.
5:00 PM - Return to the Hotel
7:00 PM - Dinner at the famous ¨El Aljibe¨ restaurant.

9th Day – Sunday - Nov 18

8:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
Morning at Leisure
11:30 AM - Bus to José Martí International for return to Miami
12:00 PM - Check-in at Airport for return flight to Miami
3:00 PM - Departure to Miami and the USA

 

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