Street Photography Workshop

La Habana, Cuba

February 3-9, 2019

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Join legendary Magnum photographer and teacher David Alan Harvey for a week in Havana. Limited t0 12 students


  • 6-night single accommodations in Cuba, in casas particulares

  • Daily breakfast

  • Meals (as specified on the itinerary)

  • Meal reservations (as specified on the itinerary)

  • Professional, bilingual guide for listed activities

  • Local ground transportation for listed activities

  • Pre-trip departure information

  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations

  • Speaker fees

  • Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary

  • Coordination of all listed activities


  • Round-trip airfare

  • Meals other than listed on itinerary

  • Individual house or hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)

  • Tips for local guides, drivers, restaurant service, etc.



David Alan Harvey's photographs spark the human psyche. His books Cuba (National Geographic; 1999) and Divided Soul (Phaidon Press; 2003) capture the effects of the blood and sweat of a cultural migration into the Americas. Living Proof  (powerHouse Books; 2007) explores hip-hop culture. His 2012 award-winning book (based on a true story) published by BurnBooks and in collaboration with his son, Bryan Harvey, broke new ground in photo book narrative form and design. 


His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Biblioteque Nacional, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts among other venues. Some of his most prolific essays have appeared in NatGeo since 1973. 


As a popular mentor for young photographers, Harvey founded Burn Magazine, an award-winning online and in print journal for emerging photographers. He is currently the publisher of BurnBooks, a press specializing in limited edition art books. Harvey is a member of the legendary Magnum Photos cooperative. David lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


Harvey joined Magnum as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997. He lives in NC and NYC.



Sunday, Day 1

TBD Arrival to Havana. (pending flight information)

TBD Check – in at local accommodations.

5:45 pm Sunset photo walk along the Malecon, Havana’s famous seawall, featuring a great view of the Havana city landscape.

7 pm Welcome dinner at Bone’ma, a cozy and modern cafe located in Vedado neighborhood, that demonstrates the delicacy of the international food cooked and prepared in Cuba.


Monday, Day 2

9 am Morning classes.

12 pm Lunch at Doña Eutimia paladar. Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this cozy paladar made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world in 2012. The restaurant’s location in the beautiful cathedral square is unbeatable.

2pm  Walking tour of the Old City. -Wander through the Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important monuments. See the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719. Visit the Plaza Vieja, surrounded by sumptuous houses of the Havana aristocracy from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit Plaza de la Catedral and the Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana.

-Stop at the Fototeca, the leading photographic guild in Cuba and the most prestigious venue for showcasing work from leading Cuban photographers.

4pm   Visit the eastern side of the Bay of Havana, explore the surrounding areas of El Morro Castle, La Cabana fortress, and the statue of El Cristo.

Evening free – dinner on your own


Tuesday, Day 3

9 am Morning classes.

12 pm Lunch at Havana’s 21 restaurant, in Vedado neighborhood. Culinary trends are fused, with excellent options for the most varied tastes. Just 80 meters from the Hotel Nacional, this place offers you to enjoy breakfast, cocktails and international and national dishes, in an environment that guarantees unforgettable experiences.

2pm Visit to Contemporary Art Studio: a creative space where several artists conclude to exchange and discuss their concerns about art and new directions. It includes: paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures. Calle J # 110, entre 9 y Calzada, Vedado

4 pm Visit a centuries-old home in the Vedado Neighborhood, where we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the interior of the home, including the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and study, all with their original artifacts.

Evening free– dinner on your own


Wednesday Day 4

9 am Morning classes

12 pm Lunch

Evening free – dinner on your own

Thursday, Day 5

9 am Morning classes.

12 pm Lunch at Café Ajiaco, in Cojimar. After lunch, enjoy some time to wander around, explore and shoot. Ernest Hemingway loved this little town. He kept his boat, El Pilar, in its harbor and he used this village setting for his story The Old Man and the Sea, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

1:30 pm Visit to La Finca Vigía (optional). Formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, today it still houses his expansive collection of books. It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The beautiful grounds and bizarre tales from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba are captivating.

3pm Visit to the home and studio of plastic artist Fuster, who has converted his neighborhood into an art project featuring murals, plastic art and other designs (optional).

 5pm Salsa dancing lessons in Altamira’s classroom space (optional)

Evening free– dinner on your own

Friday, Day 6

9 am Morning Class.

12 pm Lunch at Mambo Café. A modern Restaurant-Cafeteria, located in one of the main avenues in Havana, with a quality service and a varied menu.

1:30 pm Visit to boxing gym Rafael Trejo to photograph Cuban boxers in their element

2:30 pm Visit to Christopher Colon Cemetery, one of the oldest and most prestigious cemeteries in Latin America, where we will receive a guided tour.

8 pm Farewell dinner reservation at Paladar Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting and textures of the house, which was home to a pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned in modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting. Calle 5ta., No. 511 altos, entre Paseo y 2, Vedado (not included – to be paid on the ground)

Saturday, Day 7

TBD  Check-out and depart for airport. (pending flight information)

NOTE: This itinerary might be subject to minor modifications


PRICE: $4,995

Deposit:  A $1,500 deposit is required to save your spot for this workshop.

Full remaining balance is due by : November 20th, 2018. See cancellation policy below

At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund unless we find a replacement from a waiting list (minus $250)

Insurance:  MSPF is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend that you purchase travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. MSPF is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.


DATES: February 3- 9, 2019


  • Tuition

  • Single room for 6 nigths

  • Daily breakfast

  • Daily lunch

  • Two group dinners

  • Local guided tours/transport

Transportation to/from La Habana is not included.

PRICE: $4,995