JOIN FIVE-TIMES ‘TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR’ ROBERT HOLMES PLUS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER AND CUBA EXPERT CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER ON A 'BEST OF CUBA' PHOTO TOUR
From its classic American cars and fantastical yesterday architecture to its vivacious Afro-Cuban music and dance culture and arts scene, Cuba is by any standard one of the most photogenic destinations on earth. That's why it's suddenly on the agenda of almost every major photo tour company. It's also one of the world's most complex and enigmatic societies, with historical and political paradigms that shape almost every aspect of the visitor's experience. Chris has distilled the most memorable (and lesser known) venues for photography in three of Cuba's most iconic and varied destinations to produce an itinerary that is no less than a photographer's dream!
ITINERARY (subject to change)
Day 1: Tuesday / Arrive Havana
Our tour begins this evening for an orientation meeting and welcome reception. We’ll then ride in 1950s convertible cars to dinner at La Guarida, Havana’s most sensational (and photogenic) restaurant.
Overnight: Casas particulares, Havana (Meals included: D)
Day 3: Thursday / Havana
More street photography this morning as we hop aboard bicitaxis and head into southern Habana Vieja to photograph boxers at Gimnasio Rafael Trejo (or a similarly funky boxing ring) and spend time shooting in and around Iglesia de la Merced, Havana’s most beautifully decorated church, including its shrine drawing adherents of Santería. After lunch, we'll enjoy a private photo shoot with Raices Profundas Afro-Cuban dance company (or similar).
Overnight: Casas particulares, Havana (Meals included: B, D)
Day 10: Thursday / Havana
This morning, a tour highlight is our photo session with two ballerinas of Cuba’s acclaimed Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Our two venues for the ballerinas are among the most remarkable historic settings in Havana! Time permitting, Chris may also introduce us to his close friend and raconteur Luis Enrique, an ace mechanic–a chance to photograph him working on his collection of antique Harleys. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, we’ll enjoy a slideshow of everyone’s favorite images before our farewell dinner at one of Havana’s top paladares.
Overnight: Private B&B, Havana (Meals included: B, D)
Trip cost: $TBD
Single supplement: $TBD
- Photograph the fantastic street life of Havana, including classic cars, colorful colonial facades, and sensational culture.
- Explore tobacco country and the magnificent landscapes of Viñales.
- Shoot dramatic sunrise and sunset shots in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Trinidad.
- Learn to improve your compositional skills and how to use all kinds of light to your best advantage from three top professional travel photographers.
Robert Holmes, founder of Lumaria Workshops, has the unique distinction of being the only person ever honored five times by the Society of American Travel Writers as the ‘Travel Photographer of the Year’.' His assignments have taken him from coverage of the 1975 British Everest Expedition for Paris Match to searching for snow leopards in the remote valleys of western Nepal for National Geographic. He has also worked for Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time and hundreds of other major magazines, as well as illustrating more than 45 books. His stock catalog of over half-a-million images is represented by Getty.
CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER
No-one knows Cuba as well as renowned travel journalist, National Geographic photographer, and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker–the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year.’ Chris has authored and illustrated eight travel books on Cuba (including the National Geographic Traveler Cuba and Moon Cuba guidebooks, plus a coffee-table book Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles), and has written about and photographed Cuba on behalf of entities from the BBC and CNN to National Geographic, New York Magazine, and Playboy during three decades of travel to Cuba. He has led photo tours of Cuba for Jim Cline Photo Tours, National Geographic Expeditions, and Santa Fe Photo Workshops.
Despite President Trump’s restrictions on travel to Cuba effective September 24, 2020, and still in effect, every U.S. citizen can still legally travel to Cuba, pre-approved and at any time, under the “support for the Cuban people” license. This program is designed in accordance with U.S. regulations intended to maximize “support for the Cuban people” through stays at private B&Bs, meals at private restaurants, and interactions with independent artists, private tobacco farmers, owners of classic convertible taxis, etc.