CUBAA PHOTO ESSAYby Morris BibliowiczSUMMER 2004STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMCITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
VaraderoTrinidadCCSF Group Visits Havana, San Antonio de los Baos, Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Varadero, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.
Landing in Cuba
La Havana First Impressions
La Havana Vieja
Rooftops View from Palacio O Farrill Hotel
Palacio OFarrill Hotel
Water delivered by truck to residents due to drought
1937 replica of Spanish castle used as police station, La Havana Vieja
La Havana Vieja Unesco Recognized Site
Ample restoration work is under progress headed by the office of the Historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal. Plaza Vieja one of several plazas in Havana Vieja has been nearly completed
Restoration work being done at Palacio de las Ursulinas
Streets of Old Havana
La Bodeguita del MedioOne of Hemingway's old Hangouts
Entrance to a church, La Havana
Dancing at Plaza de la Catedral
Enrique Saya delivers a lecture to CCSF group about El Son Cubano and the History of Cuban Music. Professor Greg Landau translates.
CCSF group visits ICAIC, the Cuban film institute. Alex Fleites delivers a lecture on the history of Cuban film, assisted by Dagmara who translated for Alex. The lecture was followed by a screening of the award winning Cuban film Strawberries and Chocolate (Director: Tomas Gutierrez Zalea)
CCSF visits the Havana cementery. Ada Villavicencio y Torre who formerly worked at the cementery poses for the camera
Roberto Surralo (right) and Alex Busides (left), vice presidents of UNEAC (Cuban writers association) deliver a lecture to CCSF group. UNEAC promotes literature in Cuba and has 2800 members. Professor Landau (center) translates for the group.
Hotel Nacional, Havana Icon
CCSF Group Visits Barrio ChinoDnde vas con mantn de Manila,Dnde vas con vestido chins,Voy al parque a bailar la verbena Y a meterme a la cama despus.Vieja habanera
Casa de las AmericasCCSF group attends a lecture on types of Cuban music at Casa de las AmericasGeneros de de la musica cubanaProfessor Landau translates for the group
El TRESPivotal instrument of Cuban musicMsica CampesinaTroba Cubana SonRumba BoleroCharangaSalsaGuaguancCancin ProtetaRap CubanoReguetnPop
A series of concerts sponsored by UNEAC ( Unin de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba)
This group Estrellas de Cuba has been playing for 45 years. Troba sin Traba
Before the concert starts, UNEAC opens a space to young and upcoming artist. In this picture Mayansa sings for the publicThe entrance to the house where the concert took place
CCSF Visits Fundacin Fernando OrtizFounder and well known author Miguel Barnet Lanza delivers a lecture on Afro-Cuban religions, syncretism and transculturation.Greg Landau translates for the group. To the right of Barnet, one of his students who has studied extensively the Arab influence in Cuba, hence his nickname Arabe
Callejn de Hamel
Callejn de Hamel
A side street in Havana painted by Salvador Gonzalez where the painter promotes and sells his paintings
Museo de la RevolucinPainting above the entrance door of the museum. This is a world class fine arts museum where a visitor can get lost for days. Our group was fortunate to have a marvelously knowledgeable guide who walked us through several periods of Cuban painting. A highlight of the trip.
Visit to GuanabacoaA museum dedicated to Afro-Cuban Culture with emphasis on Santeria
Havana Quinta AvenidaThis part of Havana is where embassies and foreign companies locate.
La Havana, Rio Almendares
El Faro del Morro, El Malecn
Visit to San Antonio de los BaosRio Ariuanao
Our bus driver Rene, improvises with a local group playing drums and percussion on the streets of San Antonio de los Baos
CCSF group takes a refreshing pause drinking coconut milk
Pinar Del RioPalma Barrigona Pot Belly Palm Tree
Visit to Tobacco FarmTobacco leaves drying
CCSFs Laura Tran
Viales, view from Hotel Los Jasmines
Casa de la Cultura, MatanzasMs. Nora Asuncin Hndez Gonzles, specialist in Cuban folkloric dance and choreographer, explains to CCSF group differences in dance steps, types of dance, movements and cultural nuances.
Santeria Drums and CeremonyA group of young children are being trained by a master santero to carry on with tradition and customs
Trinidad Colonial Town, UNESCO Site
CCSF group listens to Lizette, our tour guide, as she talks about the architecture and history of Trinidad
Sugar mill landlord and slave owners house. Built in the style of the Alhambra. The house was bought by dictator Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s to set up a casino next to the Hotel Jagua where CCSF group stayed in Cienfuegos. It is now a restaurant.
Jos Garca Montebravo Painter in Cienfuegos
A freed slave woman, on her 90th birthday, has her picture taken with shackles on, as testimony to her former status.Circa 1900.CCSF Group visits Museo Benny More, the house where Benny More, El Brbaro del Ritmo was bornSanta Isabel de Las Lajas
CCSF Group visits painter Juan Manuel Casanova
Casanova uses mixed media to convey his message on the canvas
Clasicos de Cuba