This Thursday, Sept. 15, travel deep Into the Heart of Cuba by joining international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk as he recounts his unprecedented 2,700-mile circumnavigation of Cuba. The lecture at the Wilton Library runs from 7-8:30 p.m..

Hawk spent two weeks capturing the perennially colorful city streets of Cinfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Camaguay, Santiago de Cuba, and Havana; the rural Vinales region; Cuba’s diverse coastline, fertile lowlands plains, interior villages and its people. The resulting photographs depict a people and place both lost in time and on the cusp of change.


As one of the first Americans to travel alone without any restrictions and unlimited access to all areas, Hawk rode in a 1953 Chevrolet for two weeks, he fell in love with this unique country within hours of his arrival. “The visual stimulation that I experienced from dawn to dusk was truly exhilarating. Never before in my various trips I have seen such a perfect combination for beautiful light, color and the friendliest and most welcoming people in all of my travels.”

Hawk was there to shoot a documentary for magazines and  will share his nonstop, day to day adventures, experiences, discoveries, and valuable lessons he learned on this incredibly spiritual journey. He will discuss his style, philosophy, and various techniques he uses when photographing subject matter. Equipment, lighting on location, environmental portraits, and travel tips on planning a trip to Cuba will all be covered.

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For the past thirty years, Daryl Hawk has explored some of the most remote and isolated places in the world telling stories with his camera. He is a photographer, travel writer, lecturer, and explorer whose articles and photographs often appear in numerous national magazines and publications worldwide. He is a member of the Explorers Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the Professional Photographers Association.

He is the author of four published photography books. Distant Journeys consists of 150 color images from the Arctic, the Andes, Patagonia, Antarctica, Bhutan, New Zealand, and much more. Quiet Moments includes Hawk’s favorite 120 black and white photographs taken over the past 25 years. Nature and nautical landscapes and abstracts, New York City scenes, and misc. travel landscapes and portraits are all highlighted. His third book, White Pond, is a tribute to a small lake in southern New Hampshire. His latest book, Manhattan, is a color retrospective with 200 landscapes, buildings and street scenes of New York City.

He is also the former host and producer of the television show, “The Unconventional Traveler” which  featured some of the worlds’ leading explorers, travel photographers and filmmakers sharing their work from various expeditions and documentaries. He produced over 100 shows over a 10 year period and some of his guests included Jane Goodall, Buzz Aldrin, Reinhold Messner and George Schaller.

He also runs a full service studio in Wilton named Hawk Photography, specializing in wedding, portrait, corporate and fine art photography since 1986.


There is no charge to attend Hawk’s presentation but registration is recommended via the Wilton Library website.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..