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  • Jay Seldin
    Havana, Cuba. © Jay Seldin.
  • Jay Seldin
    Havana, Cuba. © Jay Seldin.
  • Jay Seldin
    Lalibela, Ethiopia. © Jay Seldin.
  • Harvey Stein
    New Mexico. © Harvey Stein.
  • Harvey Stein
    New Mexico. © Harvey Stein.
  • George Jardine
    Venice, Italy. © George Jardine.

ICP's travel programs take you all around the world. Led by our seasoned faculty members, these workshops not only provide you with hands-on learning in exciting locations, they also offer the experience of a lifetime.

For additional information about ICP's travel programs and registration, call the Education Department at 212.857.0062.


New Mexico | August 16–24, 2014

Venice, Italy | September 12–22, 2014

Cuba | December 3–10, 2014

Ethiopia | February 22–March 4, 2015

Spectacular New Mexico

August 16–24, 2014 | Harvey Stein

New Mexico has been described as a place of inviolate, pristine beauty, engendering an almost spiritual feeling for the land and the overwhelming sense of peacefulness. Since the 1880s, photographers and artists—Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter—have been irresistibly drawn to the incredible landscape, brilliant clear light, and rich Native American heritage. Join us for a photographic adventure based at an historic hacienda in Taos, one of the first European settlements in the United States. Taos is a many-faceted city: frontier outpost, Hispanic village, growing art center, and small Western town. Our private van will transport the group to the lofty peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the spectacular scenery of the Rio Grange Gorge, and the wondrous hills of O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch area. We will photograph Native American pueblos, adobe structures, historic churches, and local festivals and spend a day exploring Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico (like going back in time forty years). Instruction covers strategies of approaching strangers and the appropriate lens choices, as well as issues of landscape photography, portraiture, and photographing in all kinds of available light. The workshop is open to all levels of photographers who have a good working knowledge of their cameras. Moderate hiking and walking are required in this fast-paced, information-packed workshop. Limited to 14 participants.

Workshop fee: $2,800. Fee includes 8 nights of lodging (double occupancy; $700 extra for single supplement), all breakfasts, most lunches, and one welcome dinner. A nonrefundable $500 deposit must accompany your registration to reserve a space. Placement is on a first come, first serve basis so we urge early registration. Upon receipt of registration, participants will receive an information packet with travel suggestions and recommended material to bring.


Venetian Light & Life—From Within: A 11-Day Digital Photo Workshop

September 12–22, 2014 | George Jardine

Join George Jardine, former Adobe Pro Photography Evangelist, in Venice for a power-packed digital photography workshop, designed to strengthen technique and skill and to nurture years of creative inspiration. Participants learn the fundamentals of shooting RAW file images as well as Lightroom's extensive capabilities for image editing, organization, and optimization (anybody preferring to use Photoshop over Lightroom can do so with Adobe Camera Raw). Jardine will help you expand your photographic vision and perfect your technique in sessions that offer demonstrations, assignments, presentations, field trips, and group critiques. Participants will create their most compelling images as we explore all aspects of Venice. On field trips, we cruise the golden-hued lagoon to visit secret gardens and private venues. We dine at the famous Gatto Nero Ristorante on the island of Burano and indulge in Venice's signature tapas and wine treats: cicchetti e ombre.

This 11-day immersion in Italian life, landscape, art, and food provides priceless photography and visual stories to last a lifetime. Lodging (double occupancy with private bath and breakfasts) is at a private, fully modernized Renaissance cultural center in culture-rich Dorsoduro with inner courtyards, gardens, air-conditioned interiors, and internet. Or, for a supplement, participants can choose to stay at a nearby three-star luxury hotel.

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Workshop fee: $4,400. Fee includes lodging, welcome reception and dinner, classroom tuition, critiques, private consults with instructor and assistants, field trips, free boat transportation on the vaporetti, lunch on Burano, and a banquet on the last evening. Double rooms for single use are available to early registrants on request, for a supplemental fee of $1,200. Guest/companion fees are available for $3,400.


Cuba: A People to People Educational Exchange

December 3–10, 2014 | Jay Seldin

The opportunity to visit "Forbidden Cuba" seems to be on everyone's bucket list these days. Our Cuban photo excursion is an 8-day/7-night experience in which you will meet face to face with Cubans from all walks of life. This is an extraordinary opportunity for U.S. citizens to share thoughts, insights, and ideas with the Cuban people, centered on a people-to-people cultural and photo exchange. Our partnership with Cuba Cultural Travel will make your participation in this program one of your fondest travel experiences. We will provide participants with a visa and Letter of Authorization for travel from the United States to Cuba and back. Our journey will take us to the streets, courtyards, and homes of people who reside in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Baracoa. You will learn about daily life in these amazing, complex cities and in nearby towns, where we will travel to see special cultural treasures. You will have a rare opportunity to visit with the Cuban people behind the aging facades of their homes, to photograph their interiors and create environmental portraits of the people that we meet.

Our people-to people cultural exchange offers you the rare opportunity to spend time in Havana, the capital city known as the jewel of the Caribbean. Our excursion to the eastern province takes us to Santiago, the second largest city in Cuba and the birthplace of the Revolution and all things Afro-Cuban, and to Baracoa, the oldest city in Cuba, surrounded by tropical forests that stretch to the majestic sea. Along the way, we will visit local markets, artists in their studios, and small fishing villages. This is a location-oriented cultural photo exchange—we will not keep you indoors discussing Photoshop, but we will be there to advise and assist, whether about composition, camera handling, or Photoshop/Lightroom workflows. This program is open to photographers at every level, from the novice to advanced enthusiasts. You must have a DSLR or a film SLR camera to participate.

Workshop Fee $4,995:
It includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana; round-trip airfare from Havana to Santiago; U.S. Visa and license fee; lodging at 4/5-star hotels in Havana, Santiago, and Baracoa (7 nights double occupancy with private bath and breakfast); field trips; tuition; ground transporation to all photo locations and destinations; an English-speaking local photography guide; a welcome lunch; and three additional lunches during the workshop. Single-room supplements are available to early registrants on request for an additional $495. If we cannot pair you with a roommate, we will assign you a single room and add the room supplement fee to your final bill.

Not Included in the Workshop Fee:
Exit fees from Cuba, baggage fees, alcoholic beverages, tips for guides, meals not listed in the itinerary, and airfare to and from your home city to Miami. Due to the travel times of our charter flights in and out of Miami and Havana, you may need to spend an extra night before or after the workshop in Miami at your own expense.

Important Flight Information:
Participants should NOT book their flights to Miami until trip has been approved. As the flight to Havana is scheduled for an early-morning departure, it is imperative that all participants arrive in Miami the night before. Hotel accommodations in Florida are NOT INCLUDED in the workshop fee. A group rate will be arranged at a local hotel in or near the airport in Miami.

A nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 is required to hold your place and is due on September 12, 2014. This must be written as a check. Full payment is due by October 10, 2014.

Cuba Cultural Travel and OFAC require that all checks must be made out individually to Cuba Cultural Travel. You must write in the MEMO of your check ICP/Seldin. This will assist in identifying our trip to the government. Please mail or bring the check to the School of the International Center of Photography, Attn: Donna Ruskin, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.

For further details and payment, please contact ICP Education at 212.857.0001.

Ethiopia: A Photographic Expedition of Africa's Spiritual and Tribal Traditions

February 22–March 4, 2015 | Jay Seldin

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, having a recorded civilization dating from the second millennium BCE. Ethiopians are people of extraordinary grace, beauty, strength, resilience, and intelligence whose spiritual and tribal traditions and sense of cultural and personal dignity have remained intact throughout the centuries.

Our photo journey is divided into two main locations. In the north, we explore the ancient sacred spiritual traditions of Coptic Christianity and Jewish traditions that predate Western society by centuries. Many say that Ethiopia is the site of the "Garden of Eden." We will visit Lalibela and photograph the underground churches built by King Lalibela beginning in the 12th century. How they were built remains a mystery—some say they are the eighth wonder of the world. The second part of our photo workshop is an overland adventure. We fly into the remote tribal lands of the south to visit peoples living in traditional village compounds far from the beaten path. Photo opportunities include portraits, environments, landscapes, and tribal ceremonies.

The workshop fee of $6,595 includes lodging, all meals, air conditioned ground transportation, internal domestic air flights, English speaking local guides, porterage of baggage, tips for meals. Single rooms are available to early registrants on request, for a supplemental fee of $800. A nonrefundable $1,000 tuition deposit is required upon registration. Full payment is due by November 17, 2014. Fee does not include R/T international air fare, alcoholic beverages, local guide, and driver tips.


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