Street Photography Workshop

Oaxaca, Mexico

Thursday  April 25 to Wednesday May 1st, 2019

Tuition: $2,000

Oaxaca is a Spanish colonial town filled with cobblestone streets, plazas and courtyards that create a wonderful backdrop for photography as well as world class food.  It is a UNESCO Heritage site.


The arts are revered; there is a Photography Center, an Institute for Graphics Arts, countless galleries, an Art School in San Augustine Etla and fine handicraft shops. There is a lively zocalo and the hyper-ornate Santo Domingo Church is alive with processions on the weekends.


This class is designed around the day of the plaza, where locals go to buy and sell their products and it is part of the culture. We will go to the markets at Tlacolula and Ocotlan and will photograph the quinceañeras and weddings on the weekends in Oaxaca which usually feature a calenda, a party and procession in the streets with musicians and dancers celebrating the newlyweds.


There will be hands on, in the moment, on the street instruction, as well as daily group critiques. We will discuss ways to approach people and how to deal with ever-changing lighting situations. We will help you photograph the visual cacophony of daily life by making dynamic compositions that explode with light, shadow, and color and then help you to shape those images into a compelling body of work through selection and sequence. 


We will critique every day in an art gallery. This class is designed for all levels of image-makers and iPhones and DSLR cameras are equally encouraged. Our goal will be to increase our visual and narrative capacities as we investigate the city and the culture by photographing both the processions and the preparations for these elaborate celebrations.



Thursday April 2

Arrival and Welcome dinner. (We will meet you at the airport)


Friday April 26

Visit the Ocotlan Market in morning, class in afternoon. In the evening we may go out for night time photography

Saturday April 27

8-10am morning street photography before class, if you are so inclined.

10-1 pm class with outline of coming days. Students bring 20 jpeg’s to present to class so we can see where you are.

-Late afternoon/early evening: photography in Santo Domingo area:  Quinceañeras and/or weddings and processions (Calendas) in Oaxaca

Sunday April 28, 2019

9-10 am Short trip to visit  Plaza/Market in Tlacalula. People from surrounding villages come to Tlacalula to sell their wares and food.

10-1pm Shooting in the market

1-2 pm. Lunch in the market. A unique experience.

2-3 pm Return to Oaxaca

3-5 pm Download images and or keep photographing on your own.

5-7pm Critique


Monday April 29

8-10 photograph in the 20 de Noviembre market in Oaxaca or wander the streets and zocalo.

11-1pm class

1-2:30 lunch TBA

4-7pm photographing in Oaxaca at the market or on the street. (Specific locations shared in class)

Tuesday April 30, 2019

-Final class

-Prepare for the evening student's slideshow

-7 pm Final dinner

Wednesday May 1, 2019

Depart Oaxaca




Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects.

She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua in 2008. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally.

A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, and Mexico. She was a 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in journalism from Boston University. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.

TUITION : $ 2,000

(does not include air, hotel or meals)

We have some rooms reserved for the group at Casa de Los Frailes but you can stay at any hotel of your choice, preferably nearby the center.




OAX is airport code for Oaxaca.

American, United, Aeromexico, Jet Blue

United has direct flights from Houston to Oaxaca.


A $750 deposit is required to save your spot for this workshop. Full remaining balance is due no later : March 20th, 2019 Need more info?, no problem contact Juan Reyes at

Cancellation: More than 60 days: Full refund minus $150 fee

30-60 days: Refund of the amount paid minus the full deposit

30 days No refund unless we find a nother student to fill your spot ( minus 125 fee)

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INSTRUCTOR: Stella Johnson

DATES: April 25 - May 1, 2019

LOCATION: Oaxaca, Mexico


  • Tuition

  • Welcome dinner

  • Farewell dinner

Lodging and transportation to/from Oaxaca is not included.

PRICE: $2,000