Cuba’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

by Ray Pfortner

My first experience with the World Trade and Exchanges, Inc. (WTE) was a trip to China in September 2014, which I co-led with my photo stylist wife Nancy Wing. WTE specializes in connecting artists and art organizations, and that program focused on photographing UNESCO World Heritage sites and meeting with China’s stock photo agencies, nature photographers and gallery curators. It was a wonderful experience for us, and the resulting mixed-media show hung in classical Chinese gardens in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, throughout 2015.

A view, at dusk, of the Havana waterfront—El Malecon—taken from the seat of a Coco taxi or tuk tuk. Paint is used heavily to brighten and enliven the buildings. © Nancy Wing

A view, at dusk, of the Havana waterfront—El Malecon—taken from the seat of a Coco taxi or tuk tuk. Paint is used heavily to brighten and enliven the buildings. © Nancy Wing

When WTE asked us to lead a second artist exchange, this time to Cuba, there was no hesitation. I spent a great deal of time in the Caribbean when I worked for the United States’ Superfund program more than 20 years ago. I loved the Caribbean, especially Puerto Rico, where I met many Cubans who recalled the island they missed so much. Continue reading