Venice is a magical city without equal. It is a
travel destination which possesses an unmatched ability
to leave visitors breathless with wonder. Its art,
architecture, and rich history can be found in every
building, square, and street. There is nothing quite
like Venice anywhere else in the world and the experience
compels its visitors to return again and again to
savor the beauty known around the world as “La
city itself is made up of dozens of smaller islands,
each interconnected by a seemingly endless series
of bridges and canals that serve as the main thoroughfares
for people and goods throughout Venice. The entire
city can be easily explored on foot or by boat with
a new adventure awaiting you around every corner.
The vaporetto or “water bus” public
transit system makes travel within the city incredibly
easy. You will have a voucher for the week that grants
you unlimited passage on any vaporetto. If you ever
get tired of walking, take comfort in knowing that
one of the many vaporetto stations is never far away
and ready to return you to your hotel.
Our day typically begins and ends at the vaporetto
station located directly across the street from our
hotel on the nearby island of Lido. After a short
ten-minute ride, we arrive in the city ready for
a day of shooting, walking, and eating. Not only
will you have endless opportunities to take beautiful
photos in and around the various islands of Venice,
but each day, one of the city’s most well-known
and respected guides, Luisella Romeo, will lead the
way. Her enchanting descriptions and explanations
of the politics, culture, art, architecture, and
history, which have shaped Venice, will give you
a much deeper understanding of everything you are
seeing and photographing. This rich interpretive
material will aid
you in creating educated and informed photographs
during Carnival and the days that follow.
The world famous Carnival of Venice is an annual
festival that starts two weeks before Ash Wednesday
and ends on Shrove Tuesday (aka Fat Tuesday, Martedì Grasso,
or Mardi Gras). Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival,
means ‘farewell to meat’ and is celebrated
throughout Italy. It was first held in Venice in
the 11th century and consisted of over two months
of revelry, until it fell into decline during the
18th century. It was revived in 1979 with great success
and nowadays is a great excuse for anyone and everyone
to don a mask and costume, parade around the city,
and enjoy the live music in the main squares of the
city. To be in Venice for carnival is a picturesque
adventure like no other that all photographers should
experience at least once in their lifetime.
During Carnival, fantastic costumes and masks are
displayed all day and night in St. Mark’s Square,
making Venice the perfect backdrop for amazing photographs.
As a photographer, you have a unique opportunity
to capture the magic of carnival without limitations.
Everywhere you go, opportunities arise to photograph
intricately disguised Carnival goers- some
of whom have spent a year in planning and as much
as 10,000 euros to make elaborate and elegant costumes
beyond your wildest imagination. When you’ve
had enough of the energetic crowds in St. Mark’s
square, retreating to one of the smaller camps and
quiet side streets provides a chance to encounter
individuals or pairs walking along the bridges and
canals that stitch together the magical city known
as Venice. Everywhere you look, you will find subjects
eager and willing to be photographed.
Our home for the week will be the delightful Hotel
Panorama located on the island of Lido, only a few
minutes away from the heart of the city when traveling
by boat. We have been staying at this charming hotel
for many years now and are treated as family. Each
morning we convene in the breakfast room for a delicious
and hearty meal to fuel our adventures for the day,
and each evening a lavish view awaits your return.
trip to Venice is only just a part of the one-of-a-kind
experience we are offering. The photographic adventure
continues long after the trip is over and you have
returned home. Participants will take part in two
days of photographic workshops leading up to a fundraising
exhibition at the Robert Bullivant Gallery. In the
first workshop, your photos will be curated, edited,
and prepared for printing. And in the second all-day
workshop you will learn the ins and outs of fine
art printing, including the hands-on experience of
making large archival quality prints of your very
own photos on a variety of fine art papers from world
renowned German paper manufacture Hahnemühle.
The experiences culminates with the grand opening
of a gallery exhibition that features the work of
each participant along with food and drinks directed
by James Beard award winning chef and local restaurateur,
Halperin has traveled the world
with his cameras for over 45 years. A savvy travel
photographer, Stewart has visited and documented
over 95 countries, spanning almost five decades.
He is a popular photography workshop leader and
has led photography trips around the world for
over 20 years.
Joining Stewart will be photographer and teacher, Jeff
Hirsch, who offers that rare combination
of digital imaging expertise at the highest level
matched with a deep passion for the art of photography.
Jeff has a gift for “geek-to-English” translation
that he uses to help make technology more accessible
to all photographers.
Bullivant is the owner of Bullivant
Gallery and Consulting, a business he started
20 years ago to work with artists, photographers,
museums and galleries. The Gallery creates limited
edition fine art prints of his work as well as
that of the more than a hundred artists who have
become clients over the years. Bullivant Gallery
is one of a very small number of certified Hahnemühle
Fine Art Digital Printers, an honor bestowed
on the most accomplished fine art printers world
Our Venetian guide, Luisella
Romeo, is an encyclopedia of knowledge
about the history, art, architecture, politics,
and landscape of Venice. She is consistently
rated as one of the single best guides in Venice
and after five minutes in her presence, you’ll
know why. Her rich and textured knowledge will
give meaning and insight to the photographs you
This trip is limited to 12 participants.
Trip price: $4,700.00 (add $400 for single occupancy)
Included in the price of the trip
- 8 nights hotel with breakfast and lunches
- Transport to and from the Marco Polo Airport
- Venice Pass all eight days of the trip (includes
all transport while in Venice and the surrounding
- Special guides services by Luisella Romeo rated
the top guide in Venice by “Tripadvisor”
- Entrance to all museums and sites
- Editing sessions, critiques, and image preparation
- Print Workshop. Including printing of three images
- Framing of all the images
- Opening of the “Venice Project” fund-raiser
exhibition at Robert Bullivant Galleries
Not included in this trip
- International flights (flights can be arranged
- Evening meals and all drinks
- Tips and additional in room expenses
A deposit of $500.00 will reserve your spot for
There are only a few spaces remaining for
Please contact us for more information, questions,
or for reservations:
Stewart Halperin Robert
Exhibit opening at Bullivant Gallery
Photographing Cuba - An Island in
Stewart Halperin Photography
and Jeff Hirsch LLC
In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel
January 8 – 15 2017
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS
"Half an hour from Miami and half
a world away."
Almost a stone’s throw from our shores, Cuba
was until recently off-limits for most Americans.
Now, both Cuba and the USA have embarked on a new
era of mutual cooperation and the beginnings of an
open door policy. As a result, Cuba is on the precipice
of significant change. This is the time to be there,
before too much change occurs.
Cuba offers a visual feast for photographers at
every street and every turn. Its cities and towns
are time capsule artifacts of the twentieth century.
Join photographer Stewart Halperin,
who for over 45 years has traveled the world with
his cameras. A savvy travel photographer, Stewart
has traveled to over 95 countries, spanning almost
five decades; he is a popular photography workshop
leader and has led photography trips around the world
for over 20 years.
Both Stewart’s insights into street shooting
and his modeling of interactions with people we meet
along the way will move you to make the best of the
photo ops you encounter and inspire you to achieve
a higher photographic level.
During the past four years Stewart has been leading
trips to Cuba and has been captivated with this small
Island just 97 miles from our shores.
Joining Stewart will be St. Louis based photographer
and teacher Jeff Hirsch, who will
be available to participants throughout the entire
Cuba journey. Jeff offers that rare combination of
digital imaging expertise at the highest level matched
with a deep passion for the art of photography. He
also has a gift for "geek-to-english" translation
that he uses to help make technology more accessible
to all photographers.
He is an Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom
and Photoshop, and will lead a post-production session
for the photographers shortly after our return home
to the United States. Jeff is delighted to be returning
with Stewart to Cuba to photograph more of it's beautiful
people, places, and natural wonders.
A special itinerary has been planned in cooperation
with Cuba Educational Travel, considered
the top organization for people-to-people travel
to Cuba. This trip will give you an opportunity to
take in the vibrant culture and pulse of Cuba today
- in your heart and in your images.
Limited to only 12 people. Reserve your space
now with a deposit of $1,000.00 before September
The trip itinerary is included below. Please note
that dates for the post-travel events have yet to
CUBA - An Island in Transition
with Halperin Photography and Jeff Hirsch LLC
In cooperation with Cuba Education
January 8 – 15,
Saturday, Jan 7
Arrive to Miami, check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel,
located at 950 NW 42nd Avenue Miami, FL 33126.
(Later we will have a meeting date to discuss the
program and get ready for the trip.)
Sunday, Jan 8
Mid-day: Arrival in Havana, Cuba
(flight information pending).
3 pm – Upon arrival, we will visit
to Morro Castle, one of the earliest constructed
and most important Spanish
forts in the Americas, featuring a great view of
the Havana city landscape.
pm – Visit a centuries-old home
in the Vedado Neighborhood, where we’ll
have the opportunity to photograph the interior
of the home, including the kitchen, dining room,
bedrooms and study, all with their original artifacts.
5:30 pm – Check-in at hotel.
7:30 pm – Welcome Dinner
at Paladar San Cristobal. Located in the heart
of Central Havana, this paladar has a reputation
of excellence in both atmosphere and local cuisine.
Enjoy great food while the locale takes you back
to the 1940s and 50s.
Monday, Jan 9
9 am – Socio-economic
discussion with urban planner Miguel
Coyula, whose presentation will touch
on housing, infrastructure, investment and restoration
programs. It’s bound to leave you with a
better understanding of why Havana looks the way
it does today and possibilities moving forward.
Discussion to take place at La Casa de La Amistad,
a 19th century mansion in the Vedado neighborhood.
am – Walking tour of the Old
City. Wander through the Plaza de Armas,
a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center
of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many
of the most historic structures in Havana as well
as important monuments. See the Plaza de San
Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings
dating from the 18th century, dominated by the
baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating
from 1719. Visit the Plaza Vieja, surrounded
by sumptuous houses of the Havana aristocracy from
the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit Plaza de
la Catedral and the Catedral de San Cristóbal
de La Habana.
1 pm – Lunch and
discussion with journalist Marc Frank. Author
of “Cuba Revelations” and the longest
serving foreign correspondent in Cuba, Frank writes
for Reuters, the Financial Times and the Economist,
and is an authority on the Cuban economy. His will
offer insight into important economic, political
and social issues on the island and share colorful
stories about being a reporter in Cuba. Place
4 pm – Visit to Judo training
center, where we’ll learn about this
important community project and have an opportunity
to photograph the children training.
pm – Sunset photo walk along
the Malecon, Havana’s famous seawall,
featuring a great view of the Havana city landscape.
Join the people of Havana, young and old, as they
take their evemomg walk along this popular oceanfront
boulevard. A great place for people watching and
admiring the variety of vintage U.S. automobiles
that are constantly on parade!
Evening free – dinner on
Tuesday, Jan 10
Early morning free
am – Visit to Christopher Colon
Cemetery, one of the oldest and most prestigious
cemeteries in Latin
America, where we will receive a guided tour.
12 pm – Lunch at La Paila,
a simple open air local restaurant specializing in
meat and fish.
2 pm – Visit to local
boxing gym, where we will meet with trainers
pm – Visit to the Lizt Alfonso
Academy, a women-led dance company and school for
local youth, specializing in various types
of dance. We will watch a private performance by
the adolescent dance group, and sit with the dancers
afterward to discuss how they came to join the
school and the impact it has had on them. The talent
and work ethic at this school is impressive.
7 pm – Dinner at Paladar
Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for
its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting
and textures of the house, which was home to a
pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned
in modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting.
Wednesday, Jan 11
Morning walk and photo shooting.
am – Visit to La Finca Vigía.
Formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, today it
still houses his expansive collection of books.
It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated
novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man
and the Sea. The beautiful grounds and bizarre
tales from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba
1 pm – Lunch at La Terraza
de Cojimar. La Terraza was originally the village
fish market where boats unloaded the day’s
catch to be packaged and sent to Havana. After
Hemingway died, it molted into a seafood restaurant.
After lunch, enjoy some time to wander around,
explore and shoot. Ernest Hemingway loved this
little town. He kept his boat, El Pilar, in harbor
of Cojimar, and he used this village setting for
his story The Old Man and the Sea, which won him
the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.
Free afternoon to explore and photo
pm – Private musical performance
by renowned singer and songwriter Frank
Delgado at Café Madrigal. Café Madrigal,
owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales,
is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with
the walls lined with captivating artwork. Enjoy
tasty tapas and cocktails while discussing about
the nueva trova movement in Cuba. Enjoy tasty
tapas and cocktails.
Thursday, Jan 12
8:30 am – Check-out and
depart for Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel
colored homes and small-town feel.
1 pm – Enjoy lunch at
Los Conspiradores paladar, located at the foot
of the main plaza and the lively Casa de la Musica.
2:30 pm – Conversation
with artist Yami Martínez at her gallery,
La Casa de los Conspiradores. Yami has achieved
international recognition for her art depicting
the strains of life on Cuban women.
pm – City Tour with Nancy
Benítez, a local architect, historian
and restoration specialist. Ms. Benitez will provide
an overview of the city’s history from an
architectural, economic and infrastructural point
of view. Photo walk through the town center.
5:30 pm – Check-in at
bed and breakfasts, known as “casas particulares,” or “private
homes.” Since the 1990s Cuban families
have been permitted to rent rooms out of their
family homes to foreigners. Featuring comfortable
accommodations and ample privacy, it’s a
great way to interact with everyday Cubans.
7 pm – Enjoy a tasty meal
cooked by local families at your private homestay.
Friday, Jan 13
9 am – Visit the local
Afro-Cuban village “Manaca Iznaga”,
that still demonstrates cultural traits of the
first groups of freed slaves. This will be a unique
opportunity for photo shooting and learning about
the Afro- Cuban religion and History. Architect
Nancy Benitez will accompany us.
On the way we will stop at the viewpoint of the
Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley) for breathtaking
photos of the walley and the South Coast of Trinidad.
12:30 pm – Enjoy lunch
at the Bar Restaurant Esquerra, located in
the very heart of the historic center, it offers
a very good food and a nice ambiance.
Afternoon walk and photo shooting.
Saturday, Jan 14
Early morning free
11 am – Depart for Cienfuegos,
referred to as the “Pearl of the South,” Cienfuegos
is one of Cuba’s only cities to display French
and Spanish architecture. Housed on one of the country’s
largest Bays, the city offers beautiful ocean front
landscapes, and is deeply rich in culture.
12:30 pm – Lunch
at las Mamparas, a family run paladar. Quick
and simple, the food is extraordinary and the family
that runs it even better.
2 am – Photo tour of Cienfuegos
by the City Historian’s Office, including
visits to the main square, the beautiful
Palacio Del Valle and Punta Gorda.
pm – Enjoy a private performance
by the local Cienfuegos choir – Canticus
Novus, which will perform classics like Shenandoah and
contemporary Cuban hits. This hard-working choir
makes evident their passion for performing. Click
here to watch a recent concert performance
by these angelic young voices as they perform an
a capella version of the classic Cuban song "Chan
5:30 pm – Check-in at
the Hotel Jagua, located in the beautiful Punta
Gorda section of Cienfuegos.
7:30 pm – Farewell dinner
at Finca del Mar, a small, modern paladar overlooking
the calm waters of the
Sunday, Jan 15
Morning: Hotel check-out, depart
Mid-day: Return flight to U.S.
(flight information pending).
Post-Travel (After returning
TBD: Half-day curating and editing
session for all photographers
Trip Pricing and Details:
Ground Package*: $4,450 per person
Round-Trip Airfare (MIA to HAV)**: $500
*Pricing for ground package
is based on double occupancy, single occupancy
carries a $300 supplement.
**Charter flights are based on
current pricing and are not included in the ground
package. This is subject to change based on resumption
of commercial flights.
- 8 night accommodations (1 night in Miami, 7
nights in Cuba)
- Daily breakfast
- Meals (as specified on the itinerary)
- Full time, professional, bilingual guide
- Local ground transportation
- Pre-trip departure information
- Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
- Cuban Visa
- Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
- Speaker fees
- Admission to all museums and public buildings
listed in itinerary
- Coordination of all listed activities
- Cuban Airport Departure tax (25 CUC)
- Round-trip Airfare U.S. – Cuba – U.S.
NOTE: The MIA > HAV > MIA round-trip flight
is listed as separate item above since it is technically
not part of the ground package.
- Domestic airfare to/from Miami
- Airline baggage fees
- Meals other than listed on itinerary
- Individual house/hotel expenses (mini bar, room
service, laundry fees, etc.)
- Tips for local guides (Recommended tips for guides
and drivers range from $12 to $20 per person per
day depending on group size.)
Deposit: $1,000 per person due
by September 8, 2016
Adam Linderman: (215)
704 4637 – Cuba Educational Travel
Stewart Halperin: (314) 277-1376 – Stewart