Cuba’s People & Places: A Travel Photography Adventure: Fall 2018

Conveying a Sense of Place - Allen Rokach

With the recent normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, more people than ever have been heading to this heretofore off-limits Caribbean island. All the more reason to get there soon, before its character changes.

This 9-day travel photography workshop has been arranged with an organization that has long experience running “People to People” humanitarian programs in Cuba – and has all the necessary permits and approvals, both from the US Department of State and Cuba. That means we can depend on going there and getting to great locations chosen especially for photographers.

Our journey will take us to Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Vinales and Havana so we can experience the full range of Cuba’s people, places and culture. We will include time at Cuba’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, districts with historic colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and picturesque port areas lined with fisherman and vendors of all kinds. We will visit many small art studios and cultural shops, open air markets with handicrafts, and will have opportunities to interact with local artists, writers, musicians, and dancers. We also will venture into natural areas of great scenic beauty – mountains, waterfalls, plants and beaches – and into the countryside for a glimpse of tobacco and other plantations, where we’ll meet typical Cuban farming families.

Along the way, we will make time for review sessions and we will explore ways to improve and fine-tune our
images working with today’s amazing but simple after- capture applications, including instructions on the “Rokach effect,” which allows you to give your photographs an impressionistic cast.

For more information, a complete itinerary and to register, contact me at or 646-519-1751.