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Lord of the Earthquakes: Holy Week in Cusco, Peru

-Machu Picchu, Easter and Semana Santa

Dates:  Sat April 12th – Sun April 20th, 2014

Instructor: Adam L. Weintraub & Harvey Stein

Tour fee: $3250 6-9 photographers; $2950 10-12 photogs. 6 minimum to run. $525 for a single supplement.

Registrations received more than 90 days prior to the start of the workshop receive a $250 reduction in their tour price.

3-4 star hotels throughout; All breakfasts and most lunches included; most dinners not included (and you’ll appreciate why when you see the Peruvian cuisine for yourself).

 

 

OPENING:

Check this off your bucket-list: Machu Picchu –and done the right way. Harvey and Adam know the best way to experience different light, various areas that are actually off the beaten path even in the well-worn walkways of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

 

Most of this tour is hands-on photography in the UNESCO Heritage site of Cusco: out in the restless streets throughout the celebrations of Holy Week.  We will set up opportunities for you to make great images: private balconies during the processions; exclusive access to parade routes; portraits of participants as requested. We’ll cast off each day in search of meaning in a city alive with passion and symbolism, especially during Easter. Cusco beckons early from the market energy to the daily tourist grind – we’ll be fully immersed within this thriving city, contrasts and contradictions abound.

 

We’ll break up the procession with one of our own to Machu Picchu, a great way to breathe and sort out all the wonderful activities we’ve been seeing. This time of year is one of the best seasons to visit the area, with lush greens and mild temperatures, slightly fewer tourists than normal and thus fewer lines, meaning more time at the actual sanctuary.

 

We will show you how to get involved, how to create the most interesting opportunities, provoke intimate and honest interactions.  We’ll be working with wonderful light, open and friendly locals, unique places and open spaces.  Informal discussions with our instructors will round out the week as we ask what it is that inspires you and your vision.

 

INSTRUCTORS:

HARVEY STEIN is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City.  He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography. Stein is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He is the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport.  A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist in residency grants, his sixth and latest book, Harlem Street Portraits, will be published in the fall of 2013. Other books of Stein’s photographs are Parallels: A Look at Twins, E.P. Dutton (1978); Artists Observed, Harry Abrams, Inc. (1986); Coney Island, W.W. Norton, Inc. (1998); Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life, Gangemi Editore, Rome (2006) and Coney Island 40 Years (Schiffer Publishing, 2011). Stein’s photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers, Connoisseur, Art News, American Artist, New York, People, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Hopkins Review (cover) and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine (cover), Shutterbug, Popular Photography, American Photo, Camera, Afterimage, PDN, Zoom, Rangefinder, Photo Metro, fotoMagazine (Germany), photo technique and View Camera.

 

Stein’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe—75 one-person and over 150 group shows to date.  He has curated 25 exhibits since 2007. His photographs are in more than 55 permanent collections, including the George Eastman House, Bibliotheque Nationale, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Denver Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), the Portland (Oregon) Museum of Art, Museet for Fotokunst (Odense, Denmark), Musee De La Photographie (Charleroi, Belguim), the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and among others, the corporate collections of Polaroid, Reader’s Digest, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, LaSalle Bank (Chicago), Barclay Bank and Credit Suisse.

 

His work is represented by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art, New York City.  Online, Stein’s work can be seen on his web site, www.harveysteinphoto.com and at www.junebateman.com, www.maryannfahey.com, and www.holgainspire.com.

 

ADAM L. WEINTRAUB is a photographer based in Seattle, but cultured in Cusco. His PhotoExperience.net workshops and tours combine inspiring artists who offer insight and collaboration in an intimate setting. He has more than 15 years of local knowledge and connections in Cusco, where he used to run a B&B overlooking the picturesque Cusco valley. He is currently involved in efforts to create a permanent archive of the famed indigenous Peruvian photographer Martin Chambi. Adam is a past three-term President of Blue Earth Alliance and is widely published, collected, hired and admired for his personal work. His recent book, Vista Andina, offers a contemporary photographic perspective on the Andean region of Cusco. He currently distracts himself with his hip new Gastro-Bar, Museo del Pisco, situated in the center of Cusco, bringing the magical elixir of Peruvian Pisco to the masses.

 

 

ITINERARY:

We begin locally in Cusco, gaining a bit of familiarity and friction, understanding a bit of the region and the people in the ancient capital of the Incas. Home to a wonderful array of people, the city has evolved into a mecca of sorts and we’re here to understand this relationship and become inspired.

 

Here we delve deep into the processions, the parades, the spectacle and the symbolism of Holy Week in a strong Catholic community with deeply spiritual peoples. We will address many of the considerations of preparation and perspective, of project and image.  Adam will address local customs and offers insight into local events with photographic feedback when warranted.

 

We’ll meet every day as a group to review events or share work and then cast off again as we search for meaning in a city alive with passion and symbolism. Semana Santa will lay the backdrop for this series, but the foundation is pure Inca. Cusco will be bursting with ambition and religious pageantry.  Police and Priests press past us as they protect the route, but passion is the key. There are processions of varying meanings; parades with the famous red ñuqchu flower petals tossed, paving the way in a sea of brilliant red, the blood of Christ, during El Señor de los Temblores.

 

We will have 1-on-1 working discussions with each participant to discuss direction, edits, style and substance; the final project helps us determine what else we need to encapsulate our ideas and our vision at week’s end.

 

April 12th – Saturday – Arrival, rest & flight recuperation – welcome dinner

April 13th – Palm Sunday – Palms, palms and more palms! Pick a project.

April 14th – Monday – Señor de los Temblores – the most important day, processions, etc.

April 15th – Tues – Off to Machu Picchu for a private-guided tour; overnight

April 16th – Wed – Early morning back up to Machu Picchu for sunrise. Afternoon to Cusco. Project Discussions and image selections.

April 17th – Holy Thursday – Cusco preparations; 12 typical dishes; local scenes; project editing

April 18th – Good Friday – Processionals throughout Cusco

April 19th – Saturday – Last Day Critique & morning review; afternoon final presentations

April 20th – Easter Sunday – Depart to Lima mid-day; optional city tour in Lima

 

*A detailed daily itinerary will be sent to all those who register for this workshop. Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed, it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. And, besides, Adam always changes something.

 

Señor de los Temblores

Ever since 1650 when the faithful claim that an oil painting of Christ on the Cross held off a devastating earthquake that was rattling the city of Cusco, the locals have been rendering homage to the image of Taitacha Temblores, the Lord of the Earthquakes. The celebration is held on Easter Monday against the backdrop of Easter Week in the city of Cusco. This celebration is of particular interest because it allows onlookers to get a glimpse of the fusion of Andean religions and Christianity. The main Cathedral, where Christ is kept, is built on the foundations of the ancient Inca temple dedicated to the pagan god Wiracocha. The cross with Jesus, Lord of Earthquakes, is borne aloft in a procession through the streets of the city just as the Incas used to parade the mummies of their chieftains, high priests and supreme rulers. In the end, the dominating part of the celebration involves the ñucchu flower (salvia esplendes), used as an offering to the ancient gods Kon and Wiracocha. The same flower today is used to weave a crown for the Lord of the Earthquakes. This crimson colored flower, whose petals are scattered by the faithful over the venerated image, symbolizes the blood of Christ. The cross used today was donated by King Charles V, and despite centuries of smoke from the candles and incense, no one has dared to restore the blackened figure that has given the Christ a somber aspect and a dark countenance.

Unlike many other places, in Cusco, this day is not celebrated with abstinence: it is common to prepare up to 12 dishes, starting with a great variety of soups and ending with delicious desserts, made of apple or corn.  Keep an eye out for all 12 – free Pisco Sour to whoever makes the best photos of all 12!

 

Machu Picchu Excursion

Leaving from Cusco early morning on April 15th, we’ll travel by private bus through the gorgeous plateau of the Andean farmlands towards the Sacred Valley. We depart the famous Inca village of Ollantaytambo by Orient Express train for Aguas Calientes, arrive at our hotel for a bag-drop before heading straight up to Machu Picchu for our private-guided tour. Lunch or snack. Then we’ll offer the afternoon to work your evening light magic:  Machu Picchu or the town of Aguas Calientes, below. A delicious dinner and an early bedtime for us as the morning of the 16th we’re up at 6am to get to the ruins before the trains of tourists even leave Cusco. That’s three hours of relative solitude and introspection for us at one of the world’s most memorable sites.

 

As we come down from our Machu Picchu high, we’ll take the noon train & bus back to Cusco.

 

We then rest up for the subsequent few days of Semana Santa, image selection, image editing and presentations.

 

FEES

The fee for the workshop is $3250. This includes all instruction & materials, lodging, all breakfasts & most lunches, all entrance fees and transfers within Peru from Cusco. Internal flights in Peru are not included. There is an additional $525 charge for a single room.