Photo Safari 2018
Havana, Cuba with david barbour

 Photo by David Barbour

Photo by David Barbour

HAVANA – beyond the beach

April 21 - 27, 2018

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 Casablanca 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 or SunWing for reasonable return airfare. One can book the Colina Hotel through SunWing, or The Colina is now renovated and is an excellent budget hotel in Vedado district. There are other booking sites to explore if you would like to stay in a different hotel or casa. Pre-departure and post trip classes 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.
Participants must be physically capable, comfortable with some physical exertion, and must be familiar with the camera that they are bringing.  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 universal electric converter to charge batteries. Minimum of 6 students are required before one books hotel and flights. The instructor will confirm this with you.

Dates: April 21-27th
Class Limit: 8 people
Cost: $795.00
(Participant pays own travel, accommodation, food and insurance costs)