Santiago de Cuba Photography Workshop

Santiago de Cuba Photography Workshop

April 26 to May 3, 2019

Travel to Cuba is approved for all participants on this tour who will be part of a group Educational Exchange Travel authorized under the new US regulations as of Nov. 10, 2017.
Returning Cuba workshop participants receive a 10% discount.

You haven’t seen the real Cuba until you’ve been to Santiago de Cuba. One thousand miles as the crow flies and light years apart from Havana, Santiago de Cuba is the center of Afro-Cuban culture and the Santeria religion. Everything in Cuba begins in Santiago, from music to revolutions, and it’s all fueled by rum.  At least one visit to Santiago is essential to fully understand Cuba.

In Santiago you will work on street photography both on your own and with the group. During the week we'll take day trips to the Spanish fortress of El Morro; the famous Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre church where Pope Francis held Mass; and the historic and picturesque town of Bayamo. We will have dinner and traditional music on the island of Cayo Granma; listen to jazz at the Iris Jazz Club and dance to traditional Cuban music at Casa de la Trova, across the street from the Hotel Casa Granda. 

You will travel with veteran photographer and former Oregon State University photography instructor, Steve Anchell, and joined by Cuban photography instructors. Steve has been teaching workshops in Cuba since 2001, and has traveled to Santiago on numerous occasions. 

Dates: April 26 to May 3, 2019

Tuition: $2795

Tuition includes: Accommodations in Santiago de Cuba; transport to and from the airport in Holguin; transport for day trips outside Santiago; all breakfasts; two group dinners; photographic instruction provided by Steve Anchell and Cuban photographers.

Not IncludedStudents will meet in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and fly as a group to Holguin, Cuba, where they will be transported by car to Santiago. Students will be responsible to book their r/t flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Holguin. Instructions for purchasing airfare will be given upon registration. The flights are very reasonable, approximately $300.

Students will be responsible to book their stay in Ft. Lauderdale. A discount room rate will be made available at a Ft. Lauderdale hotel.

Summary Itinerary

  • Friday, April 26 - Meet in Ft. Lauderdale
  • Sunday, April 27 - Fly to Hoguin
  • Monday, April 28 to Thursday, May 2 - Street photography with both day and night sessions; day trips in the provinces of both Orienté and Granma; the island of Cayo Granma, and the Church of El Cobre.
  • Friday, May 3 - Return to Ft. Lauderdale


To fully experience Cuba, each participant or couple will have their own private room and bath in a casa particular near Parque Cespuedes in the heart of Santiago.

Santiago de Cuba is all about music. These clips are from
a singing competition held in Parque Cespuedes.
There is music every night in at least one park.

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This photo is of an impromptu jam session in a neighborhood garage.

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Festival de Caribe, Santiago de Cuba

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Inside the Basilica of El Cobre where the Sacred Patroness of Cuba, Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre (Our Lady of El Cobre), is honored.

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