Day of the Dead

Street Photography Workshop

San Miguel de Allende , Mexico

OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 4 , 2019

San Miguel de Allende was named " Best City in the World" by Travel and Leisure and has been named one of the top destinations in the world. Its cobblestone streets, colorful architecture and bustling art and music scene, along with fantastic food, are some of the reasons why people visit this charming colonial town in Mexico.

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is one of the most colorful and charming holidays of the year. It is the time when Mexicans welcome the dead back to earth for a visit, even while mocking death itself.  Featuring several parades, all night celebrations at beautifully decorated cemeteries, art installations, dances and lusciously decorated public altars in homes and the streets around the entire town.

Join acclaimed street photographer Chris Suspect and take your street photography to the next level. Chris will review  the basics of street photography, what street photography is and is not, and the history of street photography including the work of the masters.

Learn how one “reads” a street photography image and how to identify the elements of what makes a street photograph successful. Chris will discuss visual cues to keep in the back of your mind when shooting from juxtapositions, tricks of perspective, multiple points of interest, capturing raw emotion, layering, obscuring elements, geometric principles, shadow play, and harnessing the subliminal power of semiotics. Chris also works a lot with flash and will share techniques to shoot at night in the festivities around of San Miguel.

This workshop is for all levels but a basic understanding of how to operate your camera is expected. Laptop and thumb drive will be required for editing and the feedback sessions. Any camera is accepted.

SCHEDULE: We will have breakfast every day as a group. Then we will meet daily in the mornings to review work and give feedback. The group will go out and shoot at different times and locations depending on the Dead of the Day festivities and La Calaca Festival schedule of events.

The workshop starts Tuesday 29 in the evening with a group dinner (after all students have arrived ) and ends Monday 4th at approx. 8am after group breakfast. You can make travel arrangements to depart San Miguel anytime after 8 AM on Monday the 4th.


EARLY BIRD: $2,950 before July 15th !


-Tuition for the workshop

-Personal review of your portfolio

-Single accommodations for 6 nights/7 days in Hotel Mansion del Bosque, a charming colonial hotel in the center of  San Miguel de Allende ( hotel might be subject to change)

 -Breakfast daily

-Two group dinners (Tuesday and Monday)

-Does not include travel to/from San Miguel de Allende 



GETTING TO SAN  MIGUEL: The best way is to fly to either the cities of Leon/Bajio ( BJX ) or Queretaro (QRO) and then take a taxi/transfer to San Miguel . Travel from Leon to SMA is approx 2hrs and from Queretaro 1.5 hrs.  Another option is to fly to Mexico City and then ride a bus/car transfer to San Miguel ( approx. 4hrs drive ). We can assist in making transfer arrangements to SMA from the airport. ( it's cheaper to travel as a group from the airport )


Fill out the registration form below to register .

A deposit of $1,500 is required to secure your spot for this workshop.

Full  balance is due after September 1st, 2019.

(Please also see our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page)

NEED MORE INFO:  Contact Juan Jose Reyes at

Juan is the founder and executive director of the Miami Street Photography Festival and will accompany the group on this trip. Juan will share insights on the Miami Street Photography Festival , the leading and largest street photography event in the world.


Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968.

He is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, DC area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian.


His street photography work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene in Washington, D.C., was published as a book, Suspect Device, by Empty Stretch in 2014 and was a featured exhibit at the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival 2015 in Tblisi, Georgia. This same project was also featured in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany.  His work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives.


Suspect is the chairman for the 2018 Focus on the Story Festival in Washington, D.C., and is a judge for the Brussels Street Photography Festival and the World Street Photography Photo Book Competition. He is also on the board of the Miami Street Photography Festival and Street Photo Milano.

In recent years, Suspect won the StreetFoto San Francisco competition for street series, FotoWeek DC’s competition for Photographer’s Choice series, and Exposed DC’s annual photography competition.


Suspect’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Photo District News, LFI Magazine,, and on the Leica Camera Blog. He also has published photographs in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, CNN, The Atlantic, Forbes and many other media outlets in the US, Germany, China, Canada, Italy, and Brazil.

          Cancellation Policy

                -Free cancellation until  August 1st, 2019

          After August 31st:

  • If the cancellation is made 60 days or more before the start date we will refund your deposit, minus a $100 cancellation fee

  •  If cancellation is made 59 to 30 days before the start of the workshop, we will retain half of the deposit and refund the rest

  •  If is made less than 30 days before the start of the workshop, we must retain the entire balance paid unless we can fill the spot with another student.

  • No refund of any fees will be made for withdrawal or cancellation after the workshop begins.