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The Cuba Project - October 2015
Stewart Halperin Photography
Jeff Hirsch Digital Imaging
and Robert Bullivant Gallery
cooperation with Cuba Education Travel
October 17 – 25 2015
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS
The Cuba Project is a unique photography adventure that marries travel to Cuba with advanced photography instruction, starting with the click of the shutter to digital processing of your images to the printing of a curated selection of your images and, finally, to exhibition of the printed images in a professional gallery setting in St. Louis. A team of three highly regarded experts will be your guides in this adventure.
Travel to Cuba
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 and to shoot there, before too much change occurs.
Cuba offers a visual feast for photographers at every street and every turn. In addition, a special itinerary for serious photographers is planned in cooperation with Cuba Educational Travel, a seasoned organization that focuses on 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.
The Cuba Project Team
Each of our team members will lead you in his area of expertise:
>>Photography – Photographer Stewart Halperin will lead the trip in Cuba. A savvy travel photographer, Stewart has traveled with his cameras 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.
>>Post-Processing – Jeff Hirsch, digital imaging specialist, photographer, and teacher will also be available throughout the Cuba journey. An Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop, Jeff will assist you in developing your own efficient workflow and provide general tech support as needed. Jeff’s special ability to translate from “geek” to English will enable you to better understand the technical world of digital photography and use it in the service of your own images.
>>Printing – Master printer Robert Bullivant will conduct a one-day workshop on the art of inkjet printing and color management at his 4,000 square foot gallery and production facility in St. Louis. Robert has worked with photographers worldwide and has over 20 years of large format ink jet printing. His studio is among only a handful of print studios in the USA certified by the prestigious German paper maker, Hahnemuhle.
After the Trip
Unlike most photo trips that end once you are on the plane back home, the Cuba Project offers a holistic approach that tracks your photographic experience from your recognition of a potential image to your exhibiting your images in a professionally recognized gallery.
Following our return from Cuba, you will have a half-day workshop with Stewart and Jeff who will help you process your images and to curate a selection of five images to be considered for printing and exhibition.
After your editing and curating session with Jeff and Stewart, you will take part in a day-long print workshop hosted and taught by Robert Bullivant at the Bullivant Studio and Gallery. With Robert’s help you will select and print three of the five images chosen during the editing session. (Lunch is included in this full day event and workshop.)
The final three prints chosen for each person will be mounted, matted and framed by Arch Framing and Design – a museum quality framer considered one of the finest in the Midwest
The grand finale in this “Cuba Project” and the culmination of all your hard work and artistic efforts will be an opening of your photo exhibition “The Colors of Cuba” at the Bullivant Gallery. You are encouraged to invite friends and family to this special evening which will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and your finished art work!
The trip itinerary is included below. Please note that dates for all the post-travel events have yet to be determined.
THE CUBA PROJECT
with Halperin Photography
In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel
October 17 – October 24, 2015
Saturday, October 17
- Arrive to Miami, check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Miami.
Sunday, October 18
- 11 am Depart Miami on American Eagle flight 9536, arriving Cienfuegos at 12 pm. 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.
- 2 pm Welcome Lunch at Dinner at las Mamparas, a family run paladar. Quick and simple, the food is extraordinary and the family that runs it even better.
- 4 pm Photo tour of Cienfuegos by the City Historian’s Office, including visits to the main square, the beautiful Palacio Del Valle and Punta Gorda.
- 6 pm Check in at the Hotel Jagua, located in the beautiful Punta Gorda section.
- 8 pm Welcome dinner at El Lagarto. With views and breezes of the Cienfuegos Bay, the location of El Lagarto can’t be beat.
Monday, October 19
- 6:30 am Early morning photo walk of the Cienfuegos sunrise
- 8:30 am Depart for Trinidad, a UNESCO world heritage site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel. Photo walk through the town center.
- 10:30 am 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.
- 12 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.
- 1 pm Enjoy a hearty meal at Paladar San Jose, a recently opened restaurant with a diverse menu featuring everything from lobster to pizza
- Free Afternoon
- 7:30 pm Farewell dinner at Los Conspiradores paladar, located at the foot of the main plaza and the lively Casa de la Musica, featuring live music all night.
Tuesday, October 20
- 6:30 am Early morning photo walk to catch the sunrise over the Cienfuegos bay.
- 8:30 am Depart for Havana.
- 12:30 pm Enjoy a traditional Cuban meal overlooking the Straits of Florida at the Hotel Nacional. Tasty Cuban food served family style with a great view of the Havana sea wall and the old Spanish fortress. The setting brings many back to the 1950s, when the mafia held its annual meetings at this historic hotel.
- 3 pm Check-in at the Hotel Telegrafo, a nicely restored hotel, located along the beautiful Parque Central. You’re at the foot of all the action here; two blocks from the Old Town, one block to the capitol building and three blocks from the malecon, Havana’s seawall.
- 6 pm WelcomeDinner 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 local takes you back to the 1940s and 50s.
Wednesday, October 21
- 9 am Walking tour of the Old City. Wander through the Plaza Vieja, the oldest plaza in Havana, dating from the 16th century. 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 Plaza de la Catedral and the Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana. Visit 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.
- 11 am 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.
- 12 pm Lunch 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.
- 1:30 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
- 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
- 8 pm Sunset/night walk on along the Malecon, the 5km seawall where Cubans congregate to drink, talk and listen to music
Thursday, October 22
- 9 am Socio-economic discussion with urban planner Miguel Coyula, who’s 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.
- 10 am Depart for Pinar del Rio, the western-most province, famous for its rich soil, tobacco production and spectacular scenery. Upon arrival – roughly a 3 hour ride – we will enjoy the lookout at Los Jazmines hotel, which oversees the beautiful valley
- 12 pm Our first visit will be to a private farm in the valley owned by the large family of Concha and Paco Hernandez. The descendants of Concha and Paco have farmed the same plot of land for many generations and their land is involved in the production of a multitude of fruits, vegetables, grain and tobacco. Members of the family will give us a tour of this beautiful 40 acre farm before bringing us back to the farmhouse.
- 3:30 pm Visit to Vinales town center, where it’s recommended that you walk the side streets, visit a local home and take in the pace of this country town.
- 4:30 pmReturn to Havana.
- 7 pm Spend the evening at Café Madrigal with Frank Delgado, renowned singer and songwriter, for a discussion about the nueva trova movement in Cuba, followed by a musical performance. Café Madrigal, owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating art work. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails.
Friday, October 23
- 10 am Visit to local boxing gym, where we will meet with trainers and boxers.
- 12 pm Quick lunch – sandwiches and salad at La Chucheria diner along the Havana seawall
- 1:30 pm Visit to agricultural market, 19 y B, Vedado, to see where Cubans buy fruit, vegetables and produce.
- Free Afternoon
- 7 pm Farewell Havana 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.
Saturday, October 24
- 10 amHotel Check out
- 11 am Visit to Christopher Colon Cemetery
- 3:30 pm Depart Havana on American Airlines Flight 9471, arriving Miami at 4:30 pm
Trip Pricing and Details:
4 star pricing: $4,675 per person
***Single occupancy carries a $400 supplement
***Based on a minimum of 8 paying participants
***Price subject to increase based on fewer than 8 participants
- 7 night hotel accommodations
- Pre-trip night stay in Miami hotel (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
- 2 night stay in Cienfuegos
- 4 night stay in Havana
- Round-trip Airfare Miami – Cuba – Miami
- Daily breakfast
- Lunches and dinners (as specified on the itinerary)
- Full time escort from Cuba Educational Travel as well as local guides
- All local ground transportation
- Pre-trip departure information
- Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
- Cuban Visa
- Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
- Travel on the Cuba Educational Travel license
- Speaker fees
- Professional Photo Shoot fees – models, props, etc.
- Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
- Workshop fees – both within Cuba as well as digital processing and print workshops in St. Louis
- Printing and framing services by Arch Framing and Design for a specified number of your images
- An exhibit of your work at Bullivant Gallery at the formal opening of “The Colors of Cuba” open to all
- Dates for St. Louis based workshops and exhibits TBD.
- Coordination of all listed activities
- Cuban Airport Departure tax (25 CUC)
- Airline baggage fees
- Airfare to/from Miami
- Hotels in Miami (other than pre-trip stay as noted in the itinerary)
- Tips for local guides
- Meals other than listed on itinerary
- Individual house/hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.
Adam Linderman: (215) 704 4637 – Cuba Educational Travel
Stewart Halperin: (314) 277-1376 – Stewart Halperin Photography
Venetian Tour Guide – Luisella Romeo
We have been privileged to have Luisella Romeo (pictured,
center) as our Venitian tour guide each year we have
gone. Her unparalleled knowledge of the art, architecture,
history, and culture of this storied city has been
priceless and she is a vital part of our Venice experience.
here or on the image below for more information
on her tour services and to see a gallery of Stewart's
photos taken during previous Venice trips.
Digital Imaging Specialist - Jeff Hirsch
photo by Valerie J. Snyder
We are also fortunate to have photographer, tech
guru, and photo-educator Jeff
Hirsch along on our Venice trip this year to
expertise in managing the entire digital photography
workflow — everything from capture to storage
to print. His knowledge and skill in the field of
digital imaging will be of great benefit to each
and every member of the trip, no matter what their
level of experience.
An expert photo-educator, Jeff will show us how
Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop combine to give the
shooter an unprecedented amount of control over both
the organization and reproduction of photographic