Instructors and Staff

Meet the Staff

Photography Instructors

Steve Anchell is a former photography instructor for Oregon State University. Since 1979 he has conducted film and digital media workshops for the International Center for Photography in NYC; Santa Fe Photographic Workshops; Toscana Photographic Workshops (Italy); the Universities of California at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Irvine; University of Cincinnati; and University of Denver; and many others.

Steve began legally taking photographers to Cuba in 2001. He knows the island, the people, and the culture, better than anyone who has just begun taking people to Cuba since December. And he can teach you to be a photographer of people, culture, and change.

His three books, The Darkroom Cookbook, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and The Film Developing Cookbook are international bestsellers. Focal Press released his fourth book, Digital Photo Assignments, in August 2015.

Dan Henderson studied photography at Grand Rapids Community College. He has also studied with Tim Rudman, Les Mclean, David Plowdon, and Bill Schwab.

While adept at digital capture, Dan prefers to work with medium and large format black and white film, which he feels is the perfect alchemy of art and science. He often uses the lith printing process, especially when working on photographs for a long term project that he calls “Entropy,” an exploration of what happens when man no longer applies the energy necessary to maintain his creations and they begin to be reclaimed by nature.

His work is exhibited at at The Market Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia, and can be found online at

Dan is the author of Stories from Cuba, that can be found on this site.

Dan has been traveling to Cuba since 2011.

Dan Henderson - Cuba Photo Workshop - Cuba Photography Workshop - Cuba Photo Tour

Mary Ellen Wortham is a Southern California fine art photographer whose images find liberal play across traditional, digital, alternative, mixed, experimental, emerging processes and technologies. Her photography has received critical recognition and laudatory notice of curators from such celebrated institutions as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Art-Boston, Whitney Museum, and International Center of Photography. Select works are in permanent collection at Ventura County Museum of History & Art. Mary Ellen’s thirty-five-year freelance career is punctuated with sabbaticals into the high school classroom; she has developed university-recognized photography curricula in venues private and privileged, public and at-risk.

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Anay is a senior guide with Paradiso travel agency. Paradiso is the premier travel agency that is only used for celebrities visiting the country.

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