February 5 - 10, 2020

MERYL MEISLER CUBA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Trip Dates

February 5 - 10, 2020

Price

Starting at $2499

Registration Deadline:

December 5, 2019

This journey is jam-packed with amazing experiences! Throughout the trip, you will receive expert photography guidance from Meryl Meisler. Your group will be accompanied by professional local guides and you will learn about the history, art, culture, and the music of Cuba while sipping mojitos along the way.

Travel with Meryl Meisler

Meryl Meisler, the renown street and nightlife photographer, is excited to go on this Cuba photo adventure with you. The trip is appropriate for all levels of interest, experience, and types of image capture (including phones).

Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meryl studied photography with Cavalliere Ketchum at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and with Lisette Model in New York City. She photographed the infamous New York discos and a 1978 CETA Artist Grant supported her portfolio on Jewish identity. Meryl has received support from Yaddo, Light Work, Artists Space, CETA, China Institute, Japan Society, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, and Time-Warner. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum, and in public spaces such as Grand Central Terminal and the NYC Transit System. Her work is in the collections of the American Jewish Congress, AT&T, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Brooklyn Historical Society, Columbia University, Emory University, Islip Art Museum, and the Library of Congress, and in artist book collections of Carnegie Melon, Centre Georges Pompidou, Chrysler Museum, MOMA, Metronome Library, and The Whitney.

Upon retirement from a 3-decade career as an NYC public school art teacher, Meryl began releasing previously unseen work, including two books, A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), and Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015). Two more photography books about the 1970s & 80s are forthcoming. Meryl’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Tracks Arte TV, VICE, The Paris Review, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Daily Mail, OUT, PAPER, ABC News, CNN, Advocate, The Daily News, The Post, Flavorwire, WIRED, PDN, Wallpaper, Stern, La Repubblica, Refinery29, Another Man, The New Criterion, and Internazionale among other media outlets around the world. TIME honors Meryl among the “Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century…trailblazers who challenged the accepted conventions of time and paved the way for today’s image makers.”

Learn More...

If you want to learn more about Meryl Meisler, visit: http://merylmeisler.com

DAILY ITINERARY

plaza vieja

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO CUBA

February 5, 2020

Transfer from Airport to Casa Particular

As you exit baggage claim area Jose Marti International Airport, meet your guide and begin your adventure. Your driver will take you to your Casa Particular and your guide will assist you with your check-in and currency exchange.

Welcome Dinner at Paladar El Laurel 

En route from the airport, stop at Paladar El Laurel for a welcome dinner on the water. 

Casa Particular (Check-In)

Your driver will take you to your casa particular where your professional guide will assist you with your check-in and currency exchange.

Optional Nightlife Activities

Your guide and professional trip leaders will give you suggestions for the best nightlife activities. Such as casa de la música, for a live salsa show or El Gato Tuerto, Havana's most famous jazz club.

san ignacio street scene

DAY 2 - OLD HAVANA

February 6, 2020

Typical Cuban Breakfast

Enjoy a breakfast hosted at your casa particular. 

Old Havana Photo Tour

Enjoy a professionally guided tour of the major plazas of Old Havana. Your guide will brief you on the history and significance of each plaza and provide you with plenty of time to explore and capture breathtaking shots of the old city.

Lunch at Doña Eutimia

Enjoy an incredible lunch at the Doña Eutimia paladar in the Habana Vieja neighborhood. This family-run restaurant is known for its incredible Ropa Vieja and prime location in an alley right next to the Cathedral Plaza

Travel to Regla by Ferry

In the afternoon, you will travel by ferry across the bay of Havana to the small town of Regla. This is the perfect location for intimate portraits and street photography. 

Evening Photos on the Malecón

Havana's malecón is a great place to capture incredible photos of vintage cars and incredible sunsets. Before dinner, take some time for photographing the seawall area, also known as the "biggest couch in the world". 

Dinner at HM7

HM7 is one of the most modern and unique paladars in Havana. Enjoy a mojito or glass of wine as you watch the chefs prepare your meal through the giant glass with a view of the kitchen!

Live Music on the Malecón

Enjoy an intimate performance of classic Cuban music by local musicians on the malecón. We will supply plenty of rum!

vedado cityscape

DAY 3 - EL VEDADO

February 8, 2020

Typical Cuban Breakfast

Enjoy a breakfast hosted at your casa particular

Plaza de La Revolución

Visit the Plaza de La Revolución - This public square is used for large speaking events, concerts and has been the site of Catholic masses conducted by Pope John Paul II in 1998 and more recently by Pope Francis in 2015. Surrounding the plaza there are large sculptures commemorating the lives and revolutionary spirits of José Martí, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.

Visit the Patronato (Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba)

This is the biggest of Cuba’s five synagogues and is considered one of the most important architectural works in the country. It has a hard-looking exterior with vertical lines that make reference to the yearning of the people of Israel to get close to God. Despite being very simple in design, with no exaggerated ornaments, its construction costs were of over half a million pesos in the 1950s. An aluminum Star of David and a monumental dome highlight the entrance to the building.

Photo Tour of Vedado

Photograph the modern downtown of Havana, Vedado.  Many of the "modern" building in this area were built between 1956 and 1959, by the Italian Mafia as a way to launder gambling money from Havana's casinos prior to the revolution.

Lunch at Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo restaurant in the Vedado neighborhood is the best Italian restaurant in town. Their menu features fresh pasta, incredible fish carpaccio and some of Havana's best pizza.

El Morro

Visit El Morro, Havana’s primary fortress which was inaugurated by the Spanish in 1589 to protect the Bay of Havana in response to raids by pirates and foreign armies.

Photo Review Session

Before dinner, you will have time to review your best photos with and ask for feedback from Meryl Meisler and other participants.

Dinner at La Habanera

Enjoy a fantastic lunch at this highly rated paladar with a diverse menu and beautiful decor.

Optional Nightlife Activities

Your guide and professional trip leader will provide suggestions for the best nightlife activities in Havana. We suggest visiting one of the well-known dance clubs such as 1830 (salsa dance club), Casa de la Música and LGBTQ friendly dance clubs located on La Rampa (23rd St.) in the Vedado neighborhood.

viñales best view

DAY 4 - VIÑALES VALLEY

February 8, 2020

Typical Cuban Breakfast

Enjoy a breakfast hosted at your casa particular.

Finca Agroecologica el Paraiso

Visit one of the most unique farm-to-table restaurants in Cuba. Learn about the history of this organic farming cooperative and enjoy fresh vegetables and meats that are all locally sourced. There is a lot of food, so be sure to pace yourself.

Tobacco Plantation

Located just outside of the town of Viñales, travel to the home of a local tobacco farmer. Learn about the tobacco growing and aging process and you may even have a chance to try your hand at rolling a Cuban Cigar.

Cave Tour & Boat Ride

Visit Cueva del Indio and explore the limestone caves know as "mogotes". The cave tour ends with a boat ride through an underwater river.

Photo Stop & Craft Market

Stop at "El Mirador" for an impressive view of Viñales valley. You will have the opportunity to take breathtaking photos. Souvenirs and refreshments will also be available.

Dinner on Your Own in Havana

Enjoy dinner on your own. Your guide will assist in making dinner reservations at a great local restaurant.

callejon de hamel street art

DAY 5 - CENTRO HABANA

February 9, 2020

Typical Cuban Breakfast

Enjoy a breakfast hosted at your casa particular.

Centro Havana Photo Tour

On Sunday morning, you will walk through the streets of the Central Havana neighborhood. This is an excellent opportunity for candid shots and street scene photos. 

Lunch at La Guarida

La Guarida is a private restaurant located in the same building that was used as the set for the Oscar-nominated film Fresa y Chocolate. This is the most popular paladar in all of Havana and well worth a visit.

LGBTQ Rights Discussion

At lunch, you will be joined by an LGBTQ rights activist for an informal Q & A session about the history of the struggle for equal rights in Cuba. 

Callejon de Hamel

Tour the neighborhood of Callejon de Hamel, where the Santeria rumba and other religious rituals are practiced each week. There, you will meet with artists and discuss how they have incorporated Cuba's history of Afro-Cuban religious traditions into their work.

Photo Review Session

Before dinner, you will have time to review your best photos with and ask for feedback from Meryl Meisler and other participants.

Dinner at El Del Frente

Enjoy an incredible meal at El del Frente, one of Old Havana's best rooftop restaurants/bars. The food is prepared with the freshest garnishes and the creatively presented drinks are arguably the tastiest in Havana.

Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Fabrica de Arte Cubano is located in a re-purposed oil factory that incorporates art galleries, bars. performance spaces and much more. This is must-see nightlife experience in Havana!

malecon sunset people crossing

DAY 6 - ADIOS CUBA

February 10, 2019

Typical Cuban Breakfast

Enjoy a breakfast hosted at your casa particular.

Casa Check-Out

Check out of your casa particular and prepare to say "hasta luego" to Cuba.

Fusterlandia

Visit the small fishing village of Jaimanitas and visit of the home of artist Jose Fuster. Since the early 1990's Fuster has transformed his entire village into a giant mosaic village. You must see this Dr. Seuss like fantasy world is a must see.

Transfer to Airport

Head to the airport to catch your flight back home. Have a safe trip! 

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