Street photography in Havana. By Louis Alarcon
Havana is not only the paradise for street photographers because of the color of old American cars, because of the texture of its colonial architecture in many cases deteriorated, perhaps the magic that we can find in Havana to practice street photography is that the photographers are totally accepted in this city that is used to all types of tourism, including photographic tourism.
This article about street photography in Havana is oriented to "human" photography, to portrait photography, mainly to close-up photography where human beings are the main objective.
According to my experience of these years as a professor of photography in Cuba, I know that for many travelers it is difficult to approach unknown people and take pictures, but I have to say that is exactly what "street photography" means, it does not mean simply " take pictures on the street ", that can be done by anyone, since it is not prohibited to take pictures on the street.
Daily Photo walks and photo-tours in Havana
(Daily Photo walks and photo-tours in Havana)
Also, I have some articles about the best photo spots to take photos in Havana.
My opinion about street photography in Cuba
In my opinion street photography has to be oriented mainly to people and their environment, but mainly to people, and as Henry Cartier Bresson once said, "if photography is not good enough, get closer."
Havana is the ideal city to "get closer" is also the ideal city to try to go further with our "safe distance", in my workshops I ask travelers to take close-up photos, at a distance that they consider they are invading the space of the other person, because I have to say that in Cuba that supposed "security distance" or "space of security that people have" is smaller than in other countries.
The security distance In Cuba : people talk to each other, dance close by, people touch each other, buses go full, in collective taxis people are touching each other, so do not think you're being rude, you're just being a photographer with intention in a country where it is not frowned upon that a foreigner takes photos of you.
Some of my street photography in Cuba : Videos and photos
Street photography in Havana