January 28 – February 4, 2019
There is no more intriguing city in the world right now than Havana, Cuba. Compelling, paradoxical, alluring, fascinating, and complicated are all words that appropriately describe Havana. Photography is a great way to uncover, discover and peel back the many layers of this beautiful city and to better understand its gracious people.
Project Havana is a new program developed by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and made possible by our many contacts and alliances in Cuba as well as our understanding of the complexities of licensed group travel to Cuba established over the past seven years. Project Havana allows a small group of photographers the rare opportunity to legally travel to Cuba on a people-to-people cultural exchange, take advantage of structured group engagement and interaction, while working on individual projects that engage with the Cuban people from all walks of life.
Jennifer Spelman in cooperation with renowned Cuban photographer Arien Chang, lead this cultural exchange that includes dawn patrol, daily group sessions including one special field trip, image reviews with Jennifer and Arien, and a full-time schedule of individualized project work. This unique educational program is tailored for photographers who have traveled to Cuba before and are interested in returning to Havana to work on a project that helps them better understand the country and its people. A project proposal must be submitted upon registration and reviewed before final approval is granted to attend this program. Our small group size and daily interactions with Jennifer and Arien offer an unforgettable return to Cuba for each photographer.
In alliance with Cuba’s premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director, Nelson Ramírez de Arellano, our unique program allows participants memorable experiences in Cuba through the photographer’s eye.
True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department, Project Havana focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
This program is open to experienced photographers who are technically self-sufficient, as this is not a program to learn how to use your gear or editing software. Participants should be in good health as this is an active workshop. Days in the field can be long and participants should be prepared to be on their feet walking (approximately three or four hours at a time) while photographing.
Participants make their own air travel arrangements to arrive in Havana (HAV) in time for the first group meeting on Monday evening, January 28. Once the trip is confirmed, travel details, suggestions, and tips to help participants travel to Cuba are provided.
Registration for our Project Havana programs is limited to travelers who have visited Cuba in the past ten years and are comfortable navigating the city. A project proposal is due at the time of registration. This proposal is a simple overview of your project idea and should be no more than 200 words. Projects will be reviewed by Workshops director Reid Callanan and a decision made within 3 business days of submission.
PACKAGE PRICE INFO:
$3,295 includes double accommodations for seven nights in Havana (ideal for couples and friends traveling together; single supplement for solo travelers is an additional $400); full breakfast daily, two group lunches and three group dinners. Airfare from your home city to Cuba is not included, as well as airport transfers, and required Cuban health insurance and Cuban visa.
About The Instructors
Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer. She received her photographic training as an assistant with The Workshops, working with some of today’s most preeminent photographers: Jay Maisel, Norman Mauskopf and David Alan Harvey.
A sensitive photographer of people, Jennifer strives to create portraits with energy and insight. Her clients have included Village Science, Seven Squared Media, The Heart Gallery, What Moves You, Sanjhi, and Sustainable Santa Fe. Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in India, Mexico, Japan, and Cuba. This is her 11th year teaching at The Workshops and her website is www.jenniferspelman.com.
Arien Chang, better know as “Chang,” is part of the new wave of talented, contemporary Cuban photographers carrying on the time-honored tradition of black-and-white documentary storytelling. His current series “Long Life” is a study of relationships between men and women between 100 and 109 years old. Chang’s photographs have been published in Duke University’s Echo magazine, Blaster, and Hip Hop Movement magazine. In addition, he has exhibited his photographs in Havana’s International Fair, Waltraut Ludwig Museum in Germany, and at the Center of Design and Fine Arts. In 2008 Chang won the Raul Corrales Creation Grant, awarded by Fototeca de Cuba.
He has collaborated with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops programs in Cuba as an assistant since 2010. His website is: http://arienchang.com/