Cuban Photo Tours led by Louis Alarcon

Cuban Photo Tours led by Louis Alarcon

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On our Private Photography Tour of Havana, a real photography workshop in Cuba. Ee take you where your typical tourist will not go, uncovering the real Cuba. In Havana, you will get to experience and photograph daily Cuban life, mixing and mingling with the locals at unique locations such as boxing gyms, colourful Afro-Cuban streets and smoky Jazz Clubs. Louis Alarcon is an artist and documentary professional photographer based in Havana focus cuban photography offering a fantastic cuban photo experience. Photography workshops in Havana allow us to discover the city on a one-day tour. Undoubtedly, standard tourists cannot delve into Havana compared to photography fans since the camera is like a magic key that allows us to enter places and also establish ties and conversations with the Cuban people, who know that the amateur photographer, in general seeks to get portraits and meet people.
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Tom S
1 contribution
May 2022
I spent three days with Alfonso Bianco and his good friend Alberto Arcos. Best decision I made in Cuba, since not only I learned a ton as an artist but also got shown hidden gems plus got entry to places tourists normally can't access, like the National Dancing School and others. Even if you speak Spanish, the enthusiasm, connection and knowledge of the two will benefit anyone. I might add that we also became friends and shared quite a few Mojitos, too. Highly recommended!
Written May 7, 2022
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Mike
Buffalo, NY1 contribution
Mar. 2022 • Solo
I couldn't have asked for a more personal photography experience if I tried. My guide Alfredo Sarabia was prompt, polite, knowledgeable and an over all amazing guide. He took me places that I never would have seen or experienced in my trip to Havana, from a boxing club to a ballet studio to people's apartments with access to their roofs and balconies. I originally thought the price was high until the actual trip was over it was priced perfectly for the experience. I couldn't be happier. Alfredo if you read this, thank you! You rock man!!
Written April 11, 2022
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Carlos C
11 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
Luis Alarcón is a fantastic and relevant photographer but what really impressed me is his skills as a communicator and a teacher. He is very knowledgeable about technical camera things and a real expert in street photography. I learned tons with Luis specially how to deal with locals, highly recommend experience⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Written April 14, 2020
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Thank you my friend, it was a pleasure to guide you in this photo workshop where the intention was that your eyes were attentive to the wonderful streets of Havana and you learned to capture the essence in the midst of the great amount of action and people that can be seen. We keep in touch and congratulations on your photographs. You have many good ones and that is not easy to achieve :-)
Written June 23, 2020
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Havana Photo Tour
7 contributions
Feb. 2020
Spent the day with Alfonso Blanco. A completely enjoyable and rewarding time. He opened doors I didn’t even know were there. We talked photography (of course) and a whole lot of other topics too. He was sensitive to my mobility problems and never forced the pace.
Written February 27, 2020
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You are very kind with your comment. We try to make a photography tour in Havana through the less known and more photographic places, but we also care a lot to make it a human, cultural tour and take care of the photographers who visit Havana for the first time.
Written March 1, 2020
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brigitteb19
Montpellier, France23 contributions
Dec. 2019
I hadn't planned on spending a day of photography in Havana without having prepared it in advance. So when I received the answer for an appointment the next day I was very surprised and delighted.
The day was fantastic; I traveled around the city and even another part of the city accessible only by boat to take pictures of places that I would not have found by myself in such a short time.

Alfonso my photographer has shown great attention and extraordinary professionalism. Thanks to him and his son-in-law who allowed me to spend such a beautiful time.
Written February 18, 2020
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Thank you for your comment on our one-day photo tour through the streets of Havana. Whatever country you visit, there is nothing better than having the company of a fixer, it is the way in which you can discover the best photographic places in a new place. I hope you were satisfied with the photographs you took.
Written March 1, 2020
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Liliane A
2 contributions
Jan. 2020
Havana that tourists don’t see!

We spent a day with Alphonso Blanc and Alfredo Sarabia 2 professional photographers. Alfredo is also a photographer artist.

These photographers are very kind and available to give us advice about the photo and about Havana. With them, we discovered another Havana that tourists don’t see. We went to photograph dancers during a rehearsal, a boxing school, a Cuban family.

It is a total immersion of Havana unknown to tourists where people are very warm.

We were pleasantly surprised and very pleased with our day.

We do not hesitate to recommend these two photographers.
Written February 17, 2020
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Thanks for your kind comment. Sorry I could not attend you personally but as I said Alfonso and Alfredo are fantastic Cuban photographers with a lot of experience in making photo tours in Havana less known to tourists. Thanks for trusting us.
Written March 1, 2020
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Amy P
Albany, NY19 contributions
Jan. 2020
I chose Luis's tour because it looked like an amazing way to take great photos in Cuba. It was SO much more than that! Luis and our local guide, Javiel, took me to places I'd never have seen on a "regular" tour. Not only did I see more of Cuba than I even knew existed (truly!) but Luis's easy rapport with the people we interacted with made each photo opportunity an amazing experience. I have never, ever, worked with a photographer like Luis. He taught me so much! I feel like I walked away from this trip a completely different person AND photographer. I can't thank him enough.

Not only was the photographic experience unforgettable, the logistics (food, lodging, transportation, timing) of the entire week were seamless and made for the perfect background to a trip of a lifetime. I will never forget my time with Luis and Javiel -- and am so grateful to them both for a fantastic week!
Written January 12, 2020
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Thank you Amy, you were the perfect Black and white traveler :-) that was a fantastic week, we were a small group but with a great energy to discover the most photogenic and hidden Cuba. See you in Europe ;-)
Written February 5, 2020
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NCC0830
Amsterdam, The Netherlands28 contributions
Dec. 2019
All of the details of this experience were planned and executed perfectly. Not a small feat given the vagaries of travel. The living arrangements and food were just right to see a range of options available to tourists. Luis is a very talented photographer and teacher who had a plan for each photoshoot. He emphasizes street photography and took us to places where we could each be successful at this. He arranged models and opportunities to experience both challenging photography and the character of Cuba. I very much appreciate the tour guide from Locally Sourced Cuba (Pedro Foster) who was superb. Both the time in Vinales and Havana were top notch. I also really liked that Luis introduced us to other Cuban photographers so we could learn something from their vision and their approach.
Written January 12, 2020
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Thanks for your comment. As you could see it was a Cuban photo tour totally focused on daily life, on photo shoots, on contacts with other photographers but without forgetting to have fun, eating well and drinking good rum. Viva Cuba !!
Written February 5, 2020
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Bltri
New York City, NY11 contributions
Dec. 2019
We spent a great week in Havana and Vinales with Luis and his colleague, Yoandro (of Locally Sourced Cuba). Luis took us to places we never would have seen otherwise. We did street photography in Chinatown, photographed model ballerinas in a crumbling mansion, visited an Afro-Cuban priest, spent time at a working tobacco farm, and much more. Luis gave me some important technical trips, and Yoandro did a fabulous job of keeping the tour running. We ate in some great private restaurants and stayed in an excellent private hotel in Havana and a casa particular in Vinales.
Written January 10, 2020
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Thank you very much for your comment. We try to make a Cuban photo tour not only in the city, also in the countryside, not only based on street photography but also focused on photo sessions such as boxers, dancers, fishermen, etc. I think that you can discover what photographic activities you like best, but there are also times that you also discover in what kind of photography you are good, these discoveries are great because sometimes the traveler does not know that he has such a good eye for certain situations and it is a pleasure to discover those talents Thank you for being such a good traveler, and so sociable.
Written February 5, 2020
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Anthony R
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Solo

This was a fantastic introduction to Havana.

Louis was booked all ready and refereed me to his associate Alfonso.

Alfonso meet me on my first day in Havana in the foyer of my hotel at 9:00 am and we spent the day together until well after sunset.

His knowledge of Havana is second to none and was able to strike up conversations with everyone we ran in to.

He was able to guide me to so many locations that I would have never known about myself .

He also was a great help advising me about the local currency and so many helpful tip’s about taxi’s, purchasing local goods etc. spending the day with him was a great introduction to an unknown country for me.

With his guidance I have so many beautiful images of Havana that I will treasure for many years to come.

Thank you so much Alfonso

Written January 7, 2020
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Thank you for your kind about our daily photo tour in Havana. As photographers we know what we would like to discover if we traveled to another country, so we help you discover these secret sites in our beloved Cuba.
Written February 5, 2020
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