CUBA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Dec 10-19, 2018 – Tuition $6,000 Havana-San Lazarus Festival
Tuition includes: Photography workshop, hotel, all breakfast and some group dinners, travel trip Miami-Havana-Miami, visa, transportation & local guides.
"Manuello Paganelli's Cuban photographs are a brilliant window on a land and people too long hidden from North American eyes. Working in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, Paganelli brings an artist's eyes and a native son's sensibility to his superb photographs." -Frank Van Riper, The Washington Post, 1995"
Havana, San Lazarus & Trinidad Photo Workshop Dec 10th - 19th
Each year, on December 17th, thousands of believers from all over Cuba arrive in the small town of
El Rincón, 25 kilometers south of the capitol, to visit the Sanctuary of San Lázaro and to bring offerings
to the Saint of the Sick.
Once the followers reach the town of Santiago de las Vegas, many start the
pilgrimage to El Rincon as a personal form of punishment, in hopes
it will bring a miracle or a cure to a family member. Many walk barefoot
the few kilometers to El Rincón. Others crawl on their knees or drag
their bodies across the hard pavement.
Some wear clothes made of jute sack and pull large heavy rocks or a
cement block chained to their legs. Some even carry a small child on
their shoulders. After days of suffering, they fulfill their promises at
the shrine by lighting candles to the deity.
When Pope John Paul II made his historical trip to Cuba in 1998 he expressed his desired to have “an
encounter with pain” he chose Rincon. There His Holiness celebrated mass and blessed the sick and the
suffering. Paganelli was the only foreign photographer that was permitted inside the small church by
the Cuban government.
Workshop is limited to 8-10 students.
Due to the small size of the Workshop I encourage you to register as early as possible since the classes will fill up quickly. All fees MUST be paid in full 60 days in advance of departure. Payments of USA $6,000.00 can be made by PayPal or by wiring the workshop fee directly to the bank account.
For photography workshop participation: $6,000.00
You can also bring a companion who will not be joining all the activities of the workshop or any photo reviews. The cost of the companion will be $5,500.00
Any students arriving from Europe or Asia should arrive to Cuba a couple days before to minimize the effects of the jetlag.
A deposit of $2,000.00 per participant must be paid to guarantee your reservation, which will be used towards the cost of the workshop.
- Workshop fees
- Flights from Miami-Havana-Miami: Be aware that to travel to Cuba your passport must be valid up to at least 6 months after the day of travel.
- All paper work compliance with US Treasury Dept policies
- Cuba Entry Visa and any airport taxes due
- Lodging is included. For an original and substantial interactions between photo workshop participants and Cubans we will be staying at private homes in either double shared rooms or private rooms. Home accommodations will be secure and with AC and private bath with hot and cold water. * Transportation in Cuba only related to workshops or from and to airport. All breakfast and two group dinner.
- Local guide/translator, local Cuban assistant photographer.
- . * Due to the large influx of tourism and the lack of infrastructure in the hospitality industry, hotel rooms are currently very difficult to secure.
Fees Not Included:
- The Miami hotel room.
- Extra luggage weight above 44 lbs.
- Meals outside of breakfast or the three group meals.
- Any travel and medical care insurance.
- Any tips for guide, Cuban photographer, drivers, bellboy, mini bar or any food items or drinks consumed from your hotel/house room.
- Medical care insurance.
- Any optional event that requires an entry fees such as: night club, musical event, sports venue, night clubs or any additional cost not included in the itinerary.
- Travel/cancellation insurance.
What to bring
At least two sets of DSLR camera bodies with five or more memory cards of 2GB-4GB or larger. Also one wide-angle lenses, a 50mm or 85mm lens, a telephoto, a light tripod to shoot during low lights or at night time and any other photographic tools that you may need during the workshop. Also bring extra batteries, a charger and your laptop to download your images for review & positive criticism. All participants must be able to download and backup you work since each day will be very intense and the instructors won’t have the time for that. I also encourage you to bring a back up system to safe your day’s work or in the event that your memory cards fills up. It could be done in your laptop, DVD, a small external HD or flash drives. I can give you tips as to the best external HD to get.
There won’t be any spare computers to be used, so please bring your laptops with you and PLEASE be very familiar with all your personal equipment
Paganelli is not responsible for personal injuries or equipment lost or damage during the workshop. The signing of the enrollment form releases Manuello Paganelli from any liability. And Paganelli is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is canceled due to an act of nature or change in political climate. I recommend you buy refundable air ticket or travel insurance.
Terms & Conditions
Day 1, Miami-Havana:
- Arrive at Havana Jose Marti Airport then head for hotel or homes
- where we will be staying. Once settled, we will walk around taking
- photos and discovering parts of El Malecon.
- Welcome dinner at a restaurant in Holguin.
Day 2, Havana:
- After breakfast, an early outing to old Havana to capture the
- morning light and the vibrancy of the waking city and its people. After
- that we'll make a trip to Cojimar where Hemingway used to have his boat,
- Pilar to meet and photograph fishermen. This small village was
- the home of Gregorio Fuentes who was Hemingway’s captain and his
- inspiration for the Old Man and the Sea.
- Dinner at a local paladar.
Day 3, Havana:
- Morning trip to the San Lazarus festivals. In the afternoon we will
- visit Finca la Vigia in San Francisco de Paula which was Ernest
- Hemingway's home from 1940-1960.
- Visit the bustling markets at Mercado Cuatro Caminos.
Day 4, Havana-Trinidad- Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
- Leave for Trinidad after breakfast
- Arrive at hotel and have a quick refresh and meet local photographer
- and author Julio Muñoz who will be our instructor there. To make it
- easier for everybody each morning his home will be our meeting &
- departure point.
- Walk around the town's pebble covered streets while discovering fascinating faces and places.
- Sunset photography walk through Trindad’s wonderful colonial streets, then welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5, Trinidad:
- Early rise to capture the beauty of the place which is the most preserved colonial city in America.
- Lunch at an organic Farm.
- Visit a unique place chosen by my co-instructor Julio, followed by a visit to a dance school.
- Dinner at a local paladar.
Day 6, Trinidad-Havana:
- Discover other unknown parts of the city, then after lunch we will travel back to Havana.
Day 7, Havana:
- Walk around the train station and Old Havana.
- A visit to La Fototeca, Havana Museum of Photograph in Old Havana to
- meet with the director Nelson Ramírez de Arellano Conde. If he is
- available will give us a short lecture on the history of photography in
- Dinner at local paladar.
Day 8 Havana:
- Morning on your own to Visit El Cristo, The Christ, while taking a boat across the bay.
- Afternoon a trip to El Cementerio Colon then a final group dinner at chosen paladar to mark the end of our workshop.
Day 9, Havana:
- Departure to airport and to Miami
Places of Interest
- El Morro y Castillo de la Havana, Museo de la Revolucion which is housed in the former Presidential Palace, factoria de tabaco Partaga.
- Books On Cuba: Lots of great travel or fiction books to read regarding Cuba. Some of my favorites are:
- 1. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. http://manuellopaganelli.com/Cuba/21/
- 2. Cuba by Walker Evans
- 3. Insight Guide Cuba APA Houghton Mifflin Company
- 4. Our Man in Havana by Graham Green
- 5. The Reader’s Companion to Cuba by Alan Ryan
- 6. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson
- 7. The Che Handbook by Hilda Barrio & Gareth Jenkins
- 8. Paradiso by Jose Lezama Lima
- 9. The Wise Women of Havana by Jose Raul Bernardo
- 10. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
- Manuello Paganelli © 2017
We don't have to deal with you because we'll be back in control of Cuba within three months.
US Vice President Richard M. Nixon to Fidel Castro, April 1959
I'm part Cuban, so anything with a good beat like Rumberos de Cuba gets me going.
Cuba is such a beautiful country, and everywhere you go, there's music and people dancing - especially in Havana.