All Access Pass: Havana, Cuba

Journeys, Featured


It’s good to know not only what you know, but also who you know. I recently returned from being a “companion” on a photography trip to Havana, Cuba. I accompanied Nancy on her comprehensive workshop which meant in some ways I needed to be behind the scenes and on my own. I went along on each excursion to a ballet school, a boxing gym, inside people’s homes, in the streets of Havana, and at a regional dance event, but was not involved in any critique of my work.

I watched photojournalist  Peter Turnley instruct the 12 students in Havana and I also learned so much from Nancy and appreciated all the help she gave me along the way; focusing on my composition as well as ISO, shutter and F-stop. Nancy invited me to be a guest blogger here on her popular blog and I am pleased to show you some of my favorite photographs out of the 2,500 I took!

I am a “car guy” and I am sharing some of those images below. My favorite era happens to be cars from the 1950s, which is convienent since there has been a ban on exporting American cars to Cuba since 1959. Nancy asked me to do another blog post down the line on just cars.

One thing is certain, next time I believe I’m participating as a full-fledged photography student. I really want to learn much more.

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The taxi stand in Old Havana

A taxi stand in Old Havana, lots of Chevys, one Chrysler.


Old Havana

Old Havana


Afro Rumba Dance in Vedado. Rumba is an amalgamation of several transplanted African dance and drumming traditions, combined with Spanish influences.

Dancer in Old Havana


Purple car

A rare and beautiful 1957 Chevy wagon, as a taxi. These showroom quality cars charged $25-$35 per hour to take you on tours of Havavna.


Old lady selling her wares

We spent some time with this woman.


Old woman

A closeup


Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym

Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym


Blue car

A not so restored 1955 Buick.


Rumba dancers at our first lunch

Rumba dancers at our first luncheon


White car

1959 Ford Thunderbird


Old Havana on a stroll

Old Havana on a stroll



A neat hood ornament


Typical traffic jam

A typical traffic jam, 80-90% of the cars in Cuba seem to be American. Here is a 1954 Ford and a rare 1951 Cadillac also not so restored


Ballet school

Ballet class at Centro ProDanza Ballet School


Ballet school

More ballerinas


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Even more grace


Regla, Cuba

Regla, Cuba


First day in Havana, look at this welcome

First day in Havana, look at this welcome.

Steve took all of these photographs with the Canon EOS 7D.

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