A way of getting to know the most hidden, photogenic Cuba.
My name is Louis Alarcon, I’m a professional photographer, photography tour designer, teacher and am highly familiarized with Cuba, particularly Havana, where I live since 1998.
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I’m inviting you to take part of a professional photo tour in Havana, with a duration of one day, so that you can get to know places that are hidden to most travellers, such as: old colonial houses, dancers, old gymnasiums, boxing rings, Afro-Cuban dancing rehearsals, Afro-Cuban priests, photographic studios of cuban photographers , etc...
More than just a standard photowalk in Havana !
The photo tour I’m offering you is not a photo tour around the touristic streets of Havana. In all honesty, you don’t need anyone to do that, you can do it on your own. Besides, Cuba is a “photo-friendly” country; a very safe country where you can walk around with your camera anywhere, feeling safe and welcome.
More activities, depending on the day : Markets in Havana, Outlying districts (no tourism there), Boxers training, Old Havana (I like to call “the new old Havana”), Graffiti and paintings on the walls of Che Guevara & Callejón Hamel (special street painted), Religion: visit a house of a “Santero” (Afro-Cuban priest), Colonial houses (old furniture and old Cuban owners), Outdoor Architecture (Buildings with charm), Panoramic photography from the other side of the city, Malecon life, Sunset in special places, One of the most special and high terraces in Havana, Tobacco factory , Charming streets (street photography and contact with the people are two of the strongest points of this photo tour), Portraits, Review and analysis of pictures, Fototeca de la Habana Vieja (National photography institute), Visits to photographic expositions, Looking for changes in the new Cuba, Hemingway route (Hotel – bodeguida and Floridida Pubs where the writer was living in Cuba), Old Cuban cars, Cuban parties, Afro-Cuban dancers, Visits to painters in our day to day, Retro amusement park, Family houses, Contact with Cuban photographers and other professionals, Old Gyms in Havana.
My proposal involves a special day dedicated mainly to photography. I’ll help you use your camera in a simple and professional manner, venture into the heart of the lesser-known Havana, visit special houses, suburbs, unknown streets, agricultural markets, panoramic views of the city, make great portraits and other activities that tourists visiting Cuba for the first time are completely unaware of.
Carrying around a sizable photography kit with large lenses is not necessary in Cuba; it’s much better to work with short lenses (35 mm – 50 mm) and as a result be compelled to be closer to Cuba’s main attraction: its people.
Here you can see some of my videos and photographs so you can get to know me a bit better and see what these 1-day photo tours are like.If you are interested, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org