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Photography in Cuba course photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArt-0070

Scope and Contents

The Photography in Cuba photographs consist of twenty-four matted color prints of the sounds, sights and energy of Havana and Trinidad in Cuba and other small towns. They include the people, streets, homes, markets, festivals, and landscape of Cuba taken by 20 RIT students and faculty on a trip led by Denis Defibaugh and Dawn Tower DuBois during Spring break 2004. The photographs are unidentified.

In 2016, Denis Defibaugh donated 16-color prints matted 16 x 20 inch each; some have student photographer identified, some do not. I believe these to be the ones from 2004, although there is no identifying date.

The collection of Cuba 2014 prints contains the following:

  • 3- 11" x 17" color photographs by Sarah Ann Jump

  • 3- 22" x 29.25" mounted color photographs by Rice Fern

  • 3- 16" x 20" mounted color photographs by Alexandra Genova

  • 3- 19" x 23" color prints by Chelsie Craig

  • 3- 16" x 13" color prints by Jenny McCabe

  • 3- 18" x 24" color prints by Benda Bingham

  • 5- 17" x 17" color prints by Danielle Ripp

  • 3- 16" x 24" color photographs mounted on foam core by David Mitchell

  • 3- 16" x 24" color photographs mounted on foam core by Susan Dimeglio
  • Dates

    • Creation: 2004, 2014

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers.

    Biographical / Historical

    Denis Defibaugh is a tenured professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Beyond teaching at RIT and lecturing internationally, he has presented workshops for Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, SPEOS: Paris, RIT’s T&E Photography Workshops, and personally coordinated workshops in Cuba; Oaxaca, Mexico; Surabaya, Indonesia; and Seoul, Korea. Defibaugh is an accomplished photographer, as evidenced by his participation in over 25 solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and cultural centers. His work Family Ties do not Die, The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico has generated three exhibitions in Texas and numerous shows in San Francisco, Miami, Rochester, Buffalo and Montana. His documentary and travel photographs earned a Fulbright-Hays Travel/Study Grant to Mexico. TCU Press published his first book, The Day of the Dead in Fall 2007. He has been widely published and produced advertising and editorial images for such clients as UNICEF, National Park Service, Coca-Cola, Polaroid, Delta Airlines, MacGregor, Taylor Wines and Kodak.

    The Photography in Cuba students travel to Cuba to photograph and experience the culture of the island during spring break. Professors Defibaugh and Dawn Tower DuBois have led the trip each year since 2001.

    Photography in Cuba (Faculty-Led Program)

    Photography in Cuba is a 3 credit course in spring semester providing students with a unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop experience traveling and photographing in Cuba over Spring Break. Through the use of photography, related field trips and lectures, you will be introduced to a completely new culture and environment and learn technical skills to document the environment, architecture, and the people of Cuba. You will experience the lively culture of Havana’s music, art, history, and culture along with the quiet village of Viñales with its dramatic landscape.

    The course culminates in a gallery exhibition at the end of the spring semester.


    17 Linear Feet (24- 14" x 11" matted color photographs)




    The Photography in Cuba photographs consist of twenty-four matted color prints of Havana, Cuba and other small towns, taken by 20 RIT students and faculty during Spring break 2004. In 2016, Photo professor and faculty guide to Cuba deposited additional student photographs from 2004 and also from the 2014 trip.


    Matted photographs are in no particular order.

    Physical Location

    C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 43
    C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 214 - Boxes 2-3


    Box 1- all 14 x 11 inch matted

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in November 2012.

    Photography in Cuba course photographs
    RIT Art Collection
    Jody Sidlauskas
    1 November 2012
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA