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Stewart's one to three day workshops are on the art of photographic composition. Each workshop takes place in a unique location that adds to the power and enjoyment of the experience.

Weeklong (or longer) Workshops

Stewart's destination workshops take place at even more exotic locales around the planet – New Zealand, Venice, Cuba, Cambodia, Thailand, and more!

"My goal is to help each group member to develop their own unique style and vision - no matter what level they bring to either the tours or workshops. Because all tour and workshops have limited enrollment everyone is assured of personal attention"


Photographing Cuba - An Island in Transition

January 2017

Stewart Halperin Photography
and Jeff Hirsch LLC

In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel

January 8 – 15 2017


"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 8, 2016.

The trip itinerary is included below. Please note that dates for the post-travel events have yet to be determined.

Itinerary for:

PHOTOGRAPHING CUBA - An Island in Transition

with Halperin Photography and Jeff Hirsch LLC
In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel

January 8 – 15, 2017

Daybreak in Trinidad

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.

4 pmVisit 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 pmWelcome 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 amSocio-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.

11 amWalking 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 pmLunch 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 TBD.

4 pmVisit to Judo training center, where we’ll learn about this important community project and have an opportunity to photograph the children training.

6:30 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 your own

Tuesday, Jan 10

Early morning free

10:30 amVisit to Christopher Colon Cemetery, one of the oldest and most prestigious cemeteries in Latin
America, where we will receive a guided tour.

12 pmLunch at La Paila, a simple open air local restaurant specializing in meat and fish.

2 pmVisit to local boxing gym, where we will meet with trainers and boxers.

4 pmVisit 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 pmDinner 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.

11:30 amVisit 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 are captivating.

1 pmLunch 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 shoot.

6 pmPrivate 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 amCheck-out and depart for Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel.

1 pmEnjoy lunch at Los Conspiradores paladar, located at the foot of the main plaza and the lively Casa de la Musica.

2:30 pmConversation 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.

3 pmCity 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 pmCheck-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 amVisit 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 pmEnjoy 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.

Evening free.

Saturday, Jan 14

Early morning free

11 amDepart 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 amPhoto tour of Cienfuegos by the City Historian’s Office, including visits to the main square, the beautiful
Palacio Del Valle and Punta Gorda.

4 pmEnjoy 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 Chan".

5:30 pmCheck-in at the Hotel Jagua, located in the beautiful Punta Gorda section of Cienfuegos.

7:30 pmFarewell dinner at Finca del Mar, a small, modern paladar overlooking the calm waters of the
Cienfuegos Bay.

Sunday, Jan 15

Morning: Hotel check-out, depart for airport.

Mid-day: Return flight to U.S. (flight information pending).

Post-Travel (After returning to U.S.)

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 per person

*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)

Not Included:    

  • 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

Contact Us:

 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.

Click 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 provide "after-the-click" 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 images.

STEWART D HALPERIN   •   •   Voice: (314) 652-0330   •   Fax: (314) 652-7668