Visions of Havana with Arthur Meyerson

Trip Summary

Photographer Arthur Meyerson returns to Havana to lead a small-group, 8-day workshop.

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Dates

Feb. 10 – 17, 2025

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Group Size

10 People

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Activity Level

Moderate, some walking with stairs.

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Price

$6,850 (shared room)

Workshop Details

Discover Havana

Join us as we step into the vibrant streets of Havana with acclaimed photographer Arthur Meyerson. Satisfy your desire for travel and passion for photography through this unique workshop, thoughtfully crafted to unveil moments of wonder that are found nowhere else.

Havana street scene with Che Guevara mural. Photo by Arthur Meyerson

© Arthur Meyerson

Taxi on Havana, Cuba street at night by Arthur Meyerson

© Arthur Meyerson

Creativity in Cuba

Imagine capturing the essence of Cuba though your camera lens, creating images that resonate with the natural beauty and complexity of this land. Find yourself free from the distractions of daily life and allow your creativity to expand and flourish. We’ve meticulously curated locations and arranged personal interactions with Cuban people to provide exclusive access to experiences that will inspire your most meaningful images yet.

Connections

Embark on a journey, not only through the storied cobblestone streets of Havana but also deep into the hearts of its people. Connect with fellow creatives who share your passion for exploration and love of photography. Engage with local artists and citizens, diving deep into the culture and exploring our intricate relationship with the Cuban people.

Silhouette of woman on phone in Havana, Cuba by Arthur Meyerson

© Arthur Meyerson

Red car in Havana, Cuba by Arthur Meyerson

© Arthur Meyerson

The Workshop

As dawn unfurls over Havana’s Malecón, we’ll be right there, cameras at the ready perfectly situated to capture the city’s bursting into life. As the dawn breaks and the day unfolds, our adventure leads us through the heart of Cuba’s complex and magnificent capital, enabling our engagement with its people and sharing their stories through our lenses.

Ready to Immerse Yourself in Creativity and Culture?

With limited spots available, secure your place on this extraordinary journey today. More than a photography workshop, this is an opportunity for coveted exploration and creative personal and artistic transformation.

Man with sandwich, Camagüey, Cuba by Arthur Meyerson

© Arthur Meyerson

Itinerary Highlights

  • Experience in-the-field technical and creative tips from Arthur that will stretch your imagination and interpretation of the moment.
  • Life is best shared on the streets of Havana, and we’ll take our time exploring a variety of its historic neighborhoods within Old Havana, Central Havana, Vedado, Barrio Chino and lesser known areas on the outskirts of the city. We’ll allow time for the serendipity of Cuba to influence our frames and perspectives.
  • Be wowed by the athletic prowess and choreography of Havana’s premiere Afro-Cuban dance ensemble.
  • Hop in the vans for a day-trip to a gorgeous nearby seaside town. Exploit this time for conversation and photography with the charming Cuban people.
  • Revel in the deep-hued first light as the city awakens during our morning walks through Havana’s varied neighborhoods.
  • Relish inventive cuisine in Havana’s finest privately owned and operated restaurants.
  • Enjoy a day-trip to interact with the residents of Matanzas, and explore the local limestone quarry where the stone still is cut by hand using long-toothed saws.
  • Interact with families, dancers, photographers and artists, and stretch your understanding of this complex island through people-to-people interaction.
  • Head out for a visit to the spectacular Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), Havana’s vivid fusion of art, music and culture. Fábrica was nominated by Time Magazine amongst the 100 must-see sites in the world.
  • Recharge your creativity in this city of unmatched ingenuity and passionate artistic expression.
Iberostar Parque Central in Havana, Cuba

Luxury Accommodations

Our home in Havana is the luxurious Iberostar Parque Central. Located off its namesake park, the hotel’s perfect location puts you within walking distance of majestic Old Havana, the Capitolio, the Prado, and Malecón.

Publish Your Photography

Join the community of photographers who share their images between (and on) the covers of CubaSeen, our photo zine showcasing the best of photography about Cuba. As a participant on this trip you may submit images for our next issue free of charge.

Fototeca de Cuba in Havana, Cuba

Travel to Cuba Legally

This trip allows US citizens to travel legally to Cuba under the People-to-People General License for educational exchanges (Title 31 CFR § 515.560). We focus on authentic connections and meaningful interactions, capturing the spirit of the Cuban people through our lenses.

Your Instructors

Arthur Meyerson

Arthur Meyerson

Instructor

Arthur Meyerson is recognized as one of America’s finest color photographers. Since 1974, this native Texan has traveled throughout the world, creating award winning advertising, corporate and editorial photographs, as well as an extensive body of fine art imagery.

Besides his commercial work, Arthur’s fascination with light, color, gesture, and “the moment” is never-ending, and has culminated into an impressive body of personal work. His 2012 highly acclaimed book, The Color of Light, is a testament to his brilliant creativity and careful construction using insightful tools he has been perfecting for decades. His second book, The Journey, was published in 2017.

A lauded photographer with a strong commitment to his profession, Arthur teaches photography workshops, offers individual mentoring, and engages in speaking engagements throughout the United States and abroad.

Website: www.arthurmeyerson.com

Photo by Sam Abell

Jennifer Spelman

Jennifer Spelman

Trip Leader | Co-Founder

Jennifer Spelman is a documentary photographer, educator and workshop leader based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked extensively across Cuba since 2011.

During over sixty visits to the island, she’s experienced the friendly generosity of a people always willing to share conversation and a cup of coffee. She has come to understand that to be Cuban is to greet adversity with ingenuity, patience and humor. Life in Cuba is lived on the streets, and Jennifer is happiest amidst their constant motion and layered serendipity.

She co-founded OneWorldSeen in 2021 and co-publishes its photo zine, CubaSeen.

Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with Santa Fe Workshops and National Geographic Expeditions. Among her many other photography-related endeavors, she has traveled extensively, teaching workshops in Turkey, Morocco, India, Romania, Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, and Cuba.

Website: jenniferspelman.com

Carlos Otero Blanco

Carlos Otero Blanco

Partner | Resident Cuban Expert & Guide

Carlos Otero Blanco is a dynamic photographer who specializes in inventive conceptual projects and creative underwater photography. His wide range of thematic interests spans documentary photography, portraiture, and nature.

Carlos may be best known for his sensitive photographic study of Cuban bedrooms, with hundreds photographed since 2009. The exquisite images were published in his book, Dormir con… (To Sleep with…), co-authored with Enrique Rottenberg, which has been shown in several national and international exhibits, and was featured in The New York Times, among other publications.

Born and raised in Havana, Carlos knows Cuba He has explored its rivers, its shorelines, its cities and villages, its mountains, its farmland and, most intimately, its people. His many friends across the island light up whenever he arrives. His wit and character are threaded throughout his vividly expressive portrait series, Cuba Vive, and are readily recognizable within his diverse selection of photographic subjects from around and across the island.

Carlos has a deep commitment to the natural world, and relishes adventure photography. He has participated in studies of subaquatic archeology, and holds several divemaster and instructor titles, as well as numerous awards for his spectacular underwater photography.

Instagram: @oteroblancocu

What's Covered?

Included

  • Lodging with breakfast all days
  • 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Transportation within Cuba, including airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Models and location fees
  • Please review our Terms and Conditions before registering

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Havana
  • Meals and incidentals not listed as included
  • Visas and mandatory Cuban health insurance. This is available for purchase from your airline with prices varying from $50-85
  • Travel insurance, which we highly recommend

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