PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP, CUBA

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Explore Cuba’s vibrant cities during a documentary photography trip. 

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to embark on an editorial photo trip to Cuba. The trip is designed specifically to explore and document life on this island in a storytelling way.

You’ll venture to Havana, Trinidad, and Santa Clara; some of Cuba’s most vibrant and stunning places to visit. Through your lens, you’ll document Cuba’s culture and its people; street scenes and fleeting moments. The goal of the trip is to use documentary-style and portrait photography as a storytelling tool, and, of course, to explore this unique country and culture.

You’ll have the benefit of photographing alongside experienced editorial photographers, and learning from them throughout the experience. (You’ll be accompanied by one or two professional photographers, depending on the group size.) Photographers of any level can join, as you’ll get plenty of one-on-one tutoring. It’s an excellent opportunity for keen and adventurous photographers who’d like to try their hand at documentary style photography.

This photojournalist trip is group-based and customisable to your requirements. The group size and dates are flexible, and we’ll put together a program that suits you and your fellow travelers perfectly. Just reach out for a quote!

QUICK FACTS
Havana, Trinidad & Santa Clara
Flexible start dates
Documentary & editorial photography
Guides: Andy Scaysbrook and/or Andrew Bell
Group-based trips
All Photography Levels
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
Map of Cuba
1
Explore photojournalism

Gain photo journalism experience.

2
Document COVID affects

Work on your own photographic project.

3
Tell important stories

Tell people’s stories through your lens.

4
Hone your skills

Improve your photography skills.

5
Explore Cuba

Explore some of Cuba’s best spots.

  1. Gain photo journalism experience.
  2. Work on your own photographic project. 
  3. Tell people’s personal stories through your lens.
  4. Learn from professional photographers.
  5. Explore some of Cuba’s best cities.
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THE DESTINATION

Your program will be customised to your needs, but can include three distinctly different areas of Cuba; Havana, Santa Clara, and Trinidad. You’ll be meeting and photographing people from different backgrounds and with lifestyles, documenting their stories and finding out how life has been under lockdown, and without the constant flow of tourists.

Havana; The capital of Cuba, Havana is a bustling modern metropolis, but with underpinnings of faded relics of the past. In this eclectic and vibrant city, colonial and communist-era architecture and history rub shoulders with contemporary design. Havana is enigmatic: aged yet bohemian. Rigid, but free flowing and artistic, Old, but new. The city feels almost thrown together, yet look closer and there’s a pulse running through that connects everything. For photographers, Havana offers endless inspiration.

Santa Clara; A city of revolution, creativity and youth culture, Santa Clara has been testing Cuba’s censorship for years. The city has been shaped by the presence of the nation’s most prestigious university outside Havana, and a long association with Che Guevara, whose liberation of Santa Clara in December 1958 marked the end of the Batista regime. It’s also his final resting place as his mausoleum lies in the city.

Trinidad; This stunning, UNESCO World Heritage town dates back over 500 years and in this time little has been changed. Cobbled streets, lined with small brightly coloured homes, cowboys on horseback and old men playing dominoes at the curb-side. In recent years Trinidad has become heavily dependent on the tourist industry to bring much needed money to the area. We will meet with the people who rely on that income and find out how they have survived without it during the pandemic.

 

Throughout the trip we will be accompanied by local friends and guides who will share with us their personal stories and provide further detail and information about the places we will be visiting.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

We will be staying mostly in Casa Particulars; small family homes which offer rooms to guests and tourists. This will allow us the opportunity to spend time with Cuban families and ensure that we are giving back directly to the local community. There are options of single or shared rooms. 

Depending on your itinerary, breakfast will mostly be included in the trip. For other meals, we’ll eat together as a group and ensure that the restaurants we choose are locally and independently owned, furthering our commitment to supporting the community. 

QUICK FACTS
Havana, Trinidad & Santa Clara
Flexible dates
Documentary & editorial photography
Guides: Andy Scaysbrook and/or Andrew Bell
Group-based trips 
All photography levels

Price on request

INCLUDES
  • Accommodation in comfortable bed & breakfasts and casas
  • Airport transfers to and from Havana International Airport
  • All transport on the ground
  • Entrance fees
  • Constant and personal photographic tuition
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to and from Havana (José Martí International Airport)
  • Personal travel insurance including camera insurance
  • Drinks
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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Recommended Equipment:

  • Camera and a range of lenses; ideally including a wide angle lens
  • Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Computer with editing software, if you’d like to work on post-production during the trip
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YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDES: Andy Scaysbrook & Andrew Bell

Andy Scaysbrook:
From musicians and artists such as B.B. King, Pavarotti and Lee Scratch Perry to African tribesmen and Cuban tobacco farmers, Andy’s pictures get inside the subject. His style is reportage; one of observation and patience; a master of the decisive moment and of knowing when the image will emerge. Andy was the photographer behind the world’s first charity e-book; Holding onto Hope; which ran as an exhibition at London’s Menier Gallery – A series of celebrity photographs in aid of OvaCome, a charity which is particularly close to Andy’s heart.

Andrew Bell: 
From sunrise in the Annapurna mountains to sunset at Stonehenge, stopping at frozen beaches, forgotten villages and disused railways: Andrew’s travels have taken him all over the world. Andrew’s style is documentary; shooting real life, just as he finds it; whether that’s locals on the beach, landscapes in rural France or rock concerts in Cuba. Andrew’s projects have been exhibited on their own and as part of collections of work with other photographers, including one with Goldsmith’s University & Magnum.

Price on request

INCLUDES
  • Accommodation in comfortable bed & breakfasts and casas (single room)
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers to and from Havana International Airport
  • All transport on the ground
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal photographic tuition
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to and from Havana (José Martí International Airport)
  • Personal travel insurance including camera insurance
  • Drinks
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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Recommended Equipment:

  • Camera and a range of lenses; ideally including a wide angle lens
  • Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Computer with editing software, if you’d like to work on post-production during the trip

WORKSHOP LEADER

Andy Scaysbrook:
From musicians and artists such as B.B. King, Pavarotti and Lee Scratch Perry to African tribesmen and Cuban tobacco farmers, Andy’s pictures get inside the subject. His style is reportage; one of observation and patience; a master of the decisive moment and of knowing when the image will emerge. Andy was the photographer behind the world’s first charity e-book; Holding onto Hope; which ran as an exhibition at London’s Menier Gallery – A series of celebrity photographs in aid of OvaCome, a charity which is particularly close to Andy’s heart.

Andrew Bell: 
From sunrise in the Annapurna mountains to sunset at Stonehenge, stopping at frozen beaches, forgotten villages and disused railways: Andrew’s travels have taken him all over the world. Andrew’s style is documentary; shooting real life, just as he finds it; whether that’s locals on the beach, landscapes in rural France or rock concerts in Cuba. Andrew’s projects have been exhibited on their own and as part of collections of work with other photographers, including one with Goldsmith’s University & Magnum.

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