Peter Turnley with some other famous guy in Cuba.
Photo by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky.
A psychologist friend recently mentioned that a great many people in the indeterminate, vaguely unspecified more-or-less mid-life age-range share a common wish—they wish they could break out of their settled precincts and scheduled routines for once, and go on a bonafide adventure. Even if—perhaps especially if—they lead fulfilling, accomplished, prosperous lives with which they're very satisfied.
If that description applies to you, or appeals to you, I have a modest suggestion.
My great and good friend the inimitable Peter Turnley would like to extend a cordial early invitation to you as a TOP reader to join him for one of his photographers' workshops in Cuba. There are several coming up. These will fill up—they always fill up—but he wanted to give us an early heads-up, knowing that a lot of people here have supported him and his work in the past. Many of you own one of his books or one of his signed original prints.
There are times in the shifting life of the world when windows open, and now is one of those times in Cuba. With international relations relaxing, it's easier and safer than ever to travel there, yet the inexorable changes that will surely overtake Cuba soon have barely begun. It still looks largely as it has since the mid-20th century.
Now is the time to visit. Especially with a camera. And especially in the company of an ideal photographic mentor like Peter. Peter has successfully straddled the worlds of photojournalism and fine art. As a photojournalist, he's been featured with his twin brother David on "60 Minutes," and his long list of credits leads off with more than 40 NEWSWEEK covers. As an artist, he has published many books, and was recently honored with a full career retrospective at Havana's leading art museum. He's a guy of uncommon energy who has enthusiastically engaged with the history and lore of photography since he and his brother worked on their first major project as teenagers. He has met and befriended an endless who's-who of important people in our field. And he's a veteran workshop teacher who has inspired groups all over the world.
And really—seriously, now, and pay attention to what I say, I know what I'm talking about here—the guy has stories. Man.
So if you could use a little adventure in your life, this could be one opportunity. Maybe an opportunity whose time has not only come, but is just right. These windows come and go.
Check it out. And think it over. (As you can probably tell, I am.) Who knows? Could be the time of your life. Go for it! Nothing like an adventure. :-)
(Back to all the new products in the morning.)
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Jose Antonio Rosas: "I joined Peter's workshop in New York last August, and I am going to Cuba with him next year. His workshops are about much more than improving your photography. They are about establishing stronger connections with people everywhere. Great photographs are the result of that connection."
George Andros: "Agree on all counts. Have the books and prints; taken a workshop and no doubt about it, Peter has stories. Over the last ten years I have taken at least 10 workshops of various sorts and Peter's street photography workshop in Paris was unquestionably the best. A generous and affable spirit to be sure."
jim: "I went last February for ten days. Havana was so full of life and the most enthusiastic people that I never left to see any of the rest of Cuba. I just hope the enthusiasm of the people doesn't change as the presence of more US tourists increases."