Santiago de Cuba Photography Workshop

Santiago de Cuba Photography Workshop

April 26 to May 4, 2019
(meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on April 25)

Travel to Cuba is approved for all participants on this tour who will be part of a group Cultural Exchange Travel for educational purposes authorized under the new US regulations as of November 10, 2017.
Returning Cuba workshop participants receive a 5% 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 4, 2019 (meet in Ft. Lauderdale on April 25)

Tuition: $3250
(5% discount for returning Cuba workshop attendees)

Tuition includes: Accommodations in Santiago de Cuba; transport to and from the airport in Holguin; transport for day trips outside Santiago; six 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 Holguín, Cuba, where they will be transported 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 round trip. Students will be responsible for their hotel stay in Holguín on the final night.

Students will be responsible to book their stay in Ft. Lauderdale at the hotel designated for the workshop (to be announced).

Summary Itinerary

  • Friday, April 26 - Meet in Ft. Lauderdale
  • Saturday, April 27 - Fly to Hoguin; after lunch, the workshop will begin
  • Sunday, April 28 to Wednesday, May 1 - Street photography with both day and night sessions working with Cuban photographers; day trips in the provinces of both Orienté and Granma; visits to music venues in the evenings; class critiques and presentations
  • Thursday, May 2 - Half day in Santiago, return to Hoguin for the return flight on Saturday
  • 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 Cespedes in the heart of Santiago.

A singing competition held in Parque Cespedes.
There is music every night in at least one park.

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An impromptu jam session in a neighborhood garage.

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Sunset, Caya Granma, Santiago de Cuba

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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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