There are places I remember All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better,
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I’ve loved them all. (Thanks to John Lennon & Paul McCartney for these Lyrics)
In November of 2014 dimaggio-kalishworkshops brought a group to Cuba. We called the trip “Photographer’s Eye on The People of Cuba.” In the small town of Cienfuegos I met a lovely and passionate artist by the name of Annia Alonso. We exchanged contact information.
One day I received an e mail asking if I would be interested in representing her in the States. After much deliberation, I figured why not? Artists helping Artists. I get it! Annia is part of the National Union of Writer and Artists (UNEAC) and this is how we first met. She has a Gallery nearby. In a very short time with many texts exchanging information back and forth we became friends. She told me a delightful story about meeting Jimmy Buffett at her first art show where the owner of the Gallery was friends with him. At the time she did not know who Jimmy was but was invited by the host of the Gallery to stay afterwards and play dominos with Jimmy as her partner. He gave her a CD of his music. She came back the next day and he was still there and he bought one of her engravings. The one he liked best was called Islands. He encouraged her to organize a show in America.
I am including some of my favorite engravings & Paintings (first three are engravings) of Annia’s. She has many more. If anyone has an interest in her work for purchase or for a show please contact me directly.
All Artwork ©Annia Alonso
Just for the record dimaggio-kalishworkshops is planning another trip to Cuba October 19-26 2015 We still have some spaces available. If you like to join us please contact us as soon as possible. Click here for our Upcoming Cuba Trip
Cuba People To People (from Miami) OCTOBER 19 – 26, 2015 SIGN UP TODAY
The Photographer’s Eye on the People of Cuba
We’ve had a two decade love affair with Cuba and we’ve seen the side of Cuba most people don’t see. To visit Cuba is an amazing visual experience as well as a spiritual one. You will come away a much finer photographer and a better person. Please join us for an experience of a lifetime. You won’t be disappointed!
*Just for the record, even though Cuban/American relations have improved and certain sanctions have been lifted you still cannot go to Cuba directly from the United States. You need to go as a group on-a-people to people exchange (such as ours), go with a religious organization, are a journalist or are in the Medical profession. You need to have scheduled activities with very little free time for recreational travel/activities. The only thing that has changed is that you are now are allowed to bring back $100 worth of alcohol or tobacco from Cuba.
A little about our trip – the group will travel to Havana, Jaimanitas, neighborhood of the Artist Fuster decorated with his tile work, Cojimar, seaside setting for The Old Man & the Sea, Santa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, La Estrella, Remedios, and Caibarien. We will stroll the streets of Havana, visit The Higher Institute of Arts with Alberto Faya, long time musician and expert on Cuba’s Culture and cultural history. We will meet with the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, visit the Callejon de Hamel, meet and photograph the Psico Ballet, walk along the famous Malécon seawall – a block away from the hotel, visit the Arte y Corete project, the Callejon de Hamel, visit Foteca, The Cuban Center for Photography, the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, visit The Hemmingway Museum, and go to a jazz club. We will visit the Che Memorial and Museum, Artisan Workshops, explore towns, meeting Cuban people in small villages as well as cities, coffee plantations and settlements. We will be stopping along the way wherever there are people with whom to interact and where great photos may be made. Special photography instruction and guidance will be given by your group leaders, Joe and JoAnne both Internationally known photographers. Airfare, top drawer accommodations, breakfast daily, several lunches and dinners, visa, transportation and English speaking guide. Please click on additional links above for specific details which can be downloaded.
A few comments from our November 2014 Trip to Cuba –
“Please thank the people you know and whom you and JoAnne worked with to put this trip and tour together. It was a terrific tour of Cuba. The people of Common Ground set up lots of great places and people to meet for us. Thank you Joe and JoAnne for adding your own touch.” Joel Kleiner
“It was a wonderful trip and Robert and I are grateful to you and JoAnne for giving us this experience. Thank you” Rhonda Fleming
“Good trip! Great people!” Casey and Amos Goodall
“Cuba was great, I love Joe and JoAnne, JoAnne & Joe. I have been on many day and weekend shoots with both of them, together and separately. The trip to Cuba (as it should be) was very well planned and organized. It was a terrific experience. “ Joel Kleiner
SPECIAL OFFER! The first 12 couples or singles to sign up for this program will receive, a signed limited edition print of the above photograph of Havana’s Malecón by Joe DiMaggio at a value of $500.
My partner photographer Joe DiMaggio has always loved the Sea. It draws him in like a magnet. Years ago, he did a story for one of the Sporting Magazines on Shark Fisherman Frank Mundus. Rumor had it that Mundus was the role model for Benchley’s character “Quint” in the movie Jaws. Mundus and Joe became friends. Mundus often asked Joe to come along on charters, when he needed an extra hand. Because of his love of the Sea and the opportunity to photograph out there, as well, Joe was more than happy to go along.
When Mundus and Donnie Braddock caught the 3427 lb Great White in Montauk, Joe was the first person Mundus called ship to shore. Joe hired a small plane to fly to Montauk and photograph them as they came in with the catch. At the time, it was a considered a Rod and Reel Record. Joe’s photos ran throughout the world.
I was a young mother at the time, wanting to stay close to home. I was asked to do some public relations for Mundus and I agreed. One of the first things, I did was get him on the Late Show with David Letterman. As you can see I was successful in getting him on the show and afterwards booking him two other times as well. It was a great experience. We had a lot of fun and Dave was very nice.
Here’s just one of many photos of the Great White with Mundus (© Joe DiMaggio) and below and above are some photos I took of Frank Mundus on the Letterman Late Night Show.
Joe and I gave a hand at the 3rd Annual Gerry Cooney Fight Night to Benefit The Children of YCS
In honor of Pete’s Birthday. I have made some Limited Edition archival prints of Pete for those interested.
Prints are available in 11x 8.5 size, signed by artist and are without a mat. Please contact me at dimaggio-kalish.com or dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com
Two International Workshops Coming Up a Cuba Through a Photographer’s Lens A People-To-People Exchange October 19-26, 2015 and Israel Photo Safari December 5-12, 2015 Both posted on our workshop website