Photo Safari 2017
Havana, Cuba

Photo by David Barbour

Photo by David Barbour

HAVANA – beyond the beach

May 27 - June 3,  2017

Explore the streets of Havana with David Barbour and improve your skills as a creative photographer in one of the most fascinating cities in the world. As an assignment photographer, David has travelled to more than 40 countries and since 1994 he has photographed in Havana every year, documenting life on the street. Highlights to his career include a World Press Award in 1985 and a Mid Career Canada Council Grant in 1999 to continue his personal project in Havana. The strength and kindness of the Cuban people has motivated this ongoing, personal project to continue and evolve.  David's work can be viewed at

The workshop is structured to give participants a range of opportunities over the week. This commitment of time and the nature of the place will ensure that you will see a dramatic improvement in your photographs. Day trips to Regal and the East Beaches will be organized during the week and David will give you exercises in photographing a range of subjects, from people to architecture. All the exercises will highlight the importance of compositional elements to make your photographs unique to your experience. Throughout the day, he reviews your work on your camera and suggests how to improve your approach to what you are photographing. There will be two full critiques in the evening during the week, usually in a restaurant along the Malecon, where participants will share their photographs with other participants. A final critique will be held in Ottawa.

Participants are responsible for booking their own flights, hotel and insurance. We recommend Air Canada as well as where one can choose their own accommodation. The instructor has booked the Colina Hotel, a two star hotel across from the University of Havana, price is only $55.00 per night and includes breakfast. Other hotels include the Hotel Vedado, St. John’s, Havana Riviera, Capri and the Nacional. There are other booking sites for hotels in Havana, shop around for the best price. We recommend Air Canada as well as, Air Canada seat sale on right now - return airfare from Ottawa for $520 - as of the beginning of March. A pre-departure and post trip class will be organized at SPAO.

To view David's photographs, please visit  If you have any questions or would like to receive a tentative detailed workshop schedule, please email him at

Participants must purchase their own film (budget 2 rolls per day) and have their own manual 35 mm film or digital SLR camera and tripod. Pack light, consider just a carry-on, bring a bathing suit just in case. Approximately $50/day for lunch, supper, drinks. You will change money at the Airport exchange or downtown for Tourist dollars. Consider bringing a laptop and universal electric converter.

MAY 27 - JUNE 3, 2017
(Participant pays own travel, accommodation, food and insurance costs)


(613) 562-3824