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Born in Brooklyn New York, Donato Di Camillo is one son of three siblings born from Italian Immigrant Parents.


As a child Donato suffered behavioral problems with anger, he would soon be expelled from school at the age of sixteen for violence, then finding himself in and out of behavioral institutions and jails.


Ironically Donato became intensely interested in photography while serving out a federal prison sentence in Petersburg, MCI, Virginia


“I was always interested in magazines like National Geographic and LIFE. When I was a child I used to dream about being on adventures,

exploring, always fascinated about other cultures in different parts of the world”


Since his release in 2012 Donato taught himself to use a camera while being on home confinement. At first he photographed, bugs, plants or anything else within the 120ft of his home, which he was restricted to.


Donato was featured in multiple publications and news broadcasts around the world, such as, BBC, Washington Post, CBC, Huffington Post, and was invited to speak at the prestigious HEARST magazines annual summit.


Di Camillo continues to focus on people and plans to put out his first book late 2017. He currently resides in Staten Island, N.Y.











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Photography Expedition: Cuba and Beyond with
Donato Di Camillo, Nov 8 - 15

This is not just another photography workshop, this is an experience of a lifetime! 

Join Donato Di Camillo in enchanting Havana, Cuba! Connect with the extraordinary people and lively culture of Cuba through experiences made possible by the relationships Soltura Cuba Travel has developed over ten years of licensed expeditions to the island. Donato will take a light approach, offering a careful balance of instruction, feedback, and independent free time to practice what you’ve learned in one of the most photogenic places in the world.
Trip price includes Cuban entry visa, lodging in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood next to the famous malecon, welcome cocktail, all ground transportation for tours and photography locations, a trip to Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and center of tobacco production, bottled water for the whole trip, three lunches, three dinners, seven breakfasts, and a farewell party.
BnB Option:
$3475 Double occupancy
$3745 Single occupancy
Hotel Option:
$4163 Double occupancy
$4972 Single occupancy
**Airfare not included**

Day 1 - Arrival in Havana
We will assist in changing money upon your arrival in Havana. From the airport, we will take a driving tour of the city, visiting Hemingway’s meticulously preserved country home and the scenic Hotel Nacional, built in 1930 and frequented by the stars. First day meals are covered by us. After checking into your casas and some time to refresh, meet guides, instructors, and fellow attendees for our welcome dinner and tour of a colonial fortress across the bay. Donato will give an overview of what will be covered this week. We’ll watch the traditional cannon-firing reenactment at San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress after dinner.
Day 2 - Tour of Old Havana, visiting houses of interesting local residents.
Photography overview with Donato.
Old Havana is a colorful blend of baroque and neoclassical architecture, constructed during the Spanish colonial period. We will tour of Old Havana (Habana Vieja) with internationally known guide and local resident, Jesus Magan. Jesus is a wealth of local knowledge and pure Cuban charm, one of the things Cubans are known for. He will bring us into a couple of houses of interesting locals, and we will visit the colonial plazas. While we’re all participating in the day’s activities, Donato will be working alongside the group for any necessary assistance. We will visit the Cámara Oscura, an invention by Leonardo Da Vinci, which will offer a 360 degree view of Old Havana. This is the only one of its kind in all of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Optional: Meet for the ballet after dinner at the recently restored Alicia Alonzo Ballet Theatre. The place is visually remarkable. Tickets are $35, and must be reserved early.
Day 3 - Central Havana and Fabrica de Arte Cubano.
Photography overview with Donato.
We’ll go to Central Havana to visit a youth outdoor boxing club, a brief visit to a Cuban photography studio and then for a brief walkabout in one of the most densely populated sections of Havana to see how Donato does his work. Pedicab ride through Central Havana to lunch at La Guardia (We recommend that travelers view the film ‘Fresia y Chocolate’ before the trip).
Free time for photography in Central Havana. Meet back at La Guarida for transportation back to hotel/casas. Free time/siesta until dinner.
Dinner and private tour of Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a multimedia creative space and venue for avant garde Cuban art. Meet photographer Enrique Rottenburg. Optional: Stay late for performances and dancing. Taxi home will be appx $8.
Day 4 - On to the beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Viñales Valley.
Photography overview with Donato.
Depart for Viñales - informal photography review and feedback will be available en route.
Lunch in Las Terrazas.
Drive through the beautiful valley, and briefly view the audacious ‘Mural of Evolution’ in Viñales. Check into casas and enjoy free time/siesta.
Optional: meet up to for party at the Cave Bar.
Day 5 - Tour of tobacco/coffee farm. Return to Havana.
Photography overview with Donato.
Tour of tobacco farm in Viñales Valley, a verdant UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with interesting geological formations. It is illegal to operate farm machinery or use any chemicals here, so we will see similar styles of cigar tobacco production going back centuries.
Lunch on us at the famous El Paraiso organic farm-to-table restaurant. Return to Havana.
Free time for photography
Optional: Jazz club after dinner.
Day 6 - Remote Colonial Regla
Photography overview with Donato.
Transportation to Regla, a forgotten part of colonial Havana, far away from tourists.
Free time for photography
Meet at Ferry terminal to return to Old Havana for lunch and more free time for photography. Meet up for taxis to hotel/casas or return on your own ($8-$10 per taxi).
Free time/siesta until dinner
Optional: music event after dinner
Day 7 - Photography show, Farewell party.
Free morning for photography/editing. Optional: learn about Cuba’s rich history of art on a fascinating guided tour at the Bellas Artes, the national museum of fine arts. ($15/person)
We will offer transportation for an afternoon on the beach - a great opportunity for photography!
Choose your best 10 photos to show at dinner.
Farewell party (drinks included).
Day 8 - Departure. We will see you off at the airport.
We will pick you up at 9:30am for your flight and ensure that you make it through without a hitch.
Space is limited to reserve your spot please inbox