November 23 – November 30, 2019
8 Days / 7 Nights
Workshop fee: € 3.700,– *) accomodation not included
The workshop fee is calculated to keep the group size quite small. If you want to discover the real Cuba and not want to be a member of a people chasing crowd, this is YOUR photography workshop!
*) applicable if selected or a second person to share the room did not register
Minimum participants: 3
Maximum participants: 6
Figueredo’s Cuba Inside
Cuba is a dream for any photographer. Anyone who comes to Cuba probably takes the best photos of his entire life. But after two weeks of vacation, everyone probably took the same pictures as tens of thousands of photographers before him: American vintage cars in bright colors or locals with a big cigar waiting to get photographed.
„Cuba Inside“ is a photographic journey to the real and authentic Cuba.
German photographer Volker Figueredo Véliz, who is married to a Cuban woman and who mainly lives in Havana, offers the fantasic opportunity, to explore not only the photographic highlights of Havana, but also to discover the real Cuban Soul. A maximum of six participants will experience a Cuba that only a few have been seen before: honest, shocking but yet beautiful.
The tour is limited to six photographers which can be split into two groups of three each to have access to very intimate places. Because of the small group size participants will get very close to the Cuban people which is not possible on ordinary Cuba photo tours led by a tourist. It is very likely that you get invited into Cuban homes from people you have never seen before in your life.
The eight day program will include photographing dance, boxing, farmers market, a rustic gym, the famous Malecon seawall, a ride in a beautiful restored vintage American car, arts & crafts markets, wood of Havana, Prado, Old Havana neighborhood, „brujas“ (fortune tellers), Centro Havana, Vedado, the house beach of the Habaneros, „Playa del Este“, on request model shooting and much more. Parricipants will also have enough free time to explore Havana on their own.
This journey also includes day-trips to the countryside outside of Havana. One private road trip will lead us to the beautiful tobacco region Vallé of Viñales. Another trip goes to the painteresque fishing village of Cojimar where Ernest Hemingway has been inspired for his Nobel prize winning novel „The Old Man and the Sea“.
The Santería ceremony
is a very intimate religious event where only members of the Afro-Cuban community or very close friends are allowed to express the faith in their orishas. Non-believers or „extrañeros“ (strangers) have no access to the secret kept places where the religious ceremony normally takes place.
The photos shown here have only been possible as Figueredo meanwhile has enourmus confidence within his Afro-Cuban friends community.
The ceremony had been exclusively organized for „Cuba Inside“ photo adventures by Cuban friends. It is not a tourist show and participants must be prepared to stop photographing immediately when dancers might loose self-control during the conga drumming and fall in trance.
Beside the daily photography adventures participants will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in post-processing during seperate working sessions. The comfortable environment in a wonderful „casa particular“ with gorgeous architecture is very well suited to enjoy Old Havana in a calm and relaxed athmosphere. Photographers have direct access in walking distance to the vibrant and authentic daily life of the wonderful Cuba people.
Included in the tour:
- people-, landscape-, architecture-, travel-, street-, portrait photography
- meet with Cuban people and visit their homes
- Cuban English speaking guide and driver
- 2 x lunch
- 2 x dinner
- transportation with vintage American cars and/or air conditioned minibus
- photography workshops
- English / Spanish speaking guide
Not included in the tour:
- Travel to and from Cuba
- accomodation *)
- catering (unless noted)
- personal excursions and expenses
*) can be arranged on request: It will be individually organized by „Senses of Cuba“, an experienced German travel agency residing in Old Havana since 15 years. Please ask for details and contact.