On Assignment with Penny in Mexico City: Photo Workshop



One of my favorite places in the world to photograph is Mexico City.

My last experience there was on a magazine assignment, documenting the largest market in the world. The place was practically vibrating with energy, and there was so much to see.

Dozens of food stalls fill this market with people cooking over open flames, comals, wood burning stoves, everything. On one side, ladies make squash flower huaraches; on the other, groups gathered family-style, slurping up spicy, rich bowls of menudo and eating handmade corn tortillas. As you keep walking, you see nopales stacked six feet high, dwarfing the groups of ladies who are cleaning them. Gently, you squeeze past a groups of shoppers, all intent on finding the best bunch of portulaca.  In the distance, you see crowds of people waiting to order from the corner stalls where the best tacos in the market can be found.

This is Mexico City!  Of all the markets I’ve photographed in the world, this city has the best. When I think about spending time just making photographs and shooting for myself, this is the city that calls my name.

And that’s exactly what I’m doing for a weekend July 8-10.

I’m looking for about ten photographers to come with me to Mexico City.  We’ll go to this market and a handful of others, making photographs and talking approach.

Interested in joining me?  Check out this link for details:  http://mexicanmarketfotos.eventbrite.com/


Filed under About Penny, International Assignments, markets, Mexico

21 Responses to On Assignment with Penny in Mexico City: Photo Workshop

  1. Penny, tienes que ir al Perú :) me encantaría ver fotos tuyas de allá.

  2. Wow! Wish I was living closer, I would definitely be joining you!

  3. Looks like a great workshop! As it turns out I’ll be nearby in Xalapa teaching a workshop that week at a festival with Luis Gonzalez Palma and others. Lots of great photography happening in Mexico these days…

  4. Oh, I’m interested in joining you alright! And I am and will be!

    And if anyone reading this happens to be going, please stop by my blog and say hi. Would love to “meet” you before the event!

    Penny..this is going to be the highlight of my summer, and possibly (likely!) one of the best trips I have ever taken. I have been glowing, exuberant, just joyous since I booked it!!



  5. Yo quiero ir Penny, yo nací en el DF y me encanta, espero poder! El de Perú suena excelente, hermoso país! Saludos!

  6. I would fly over from Oz for this. If I wasn’t going to be in the Pyrenees. Never been so sad to go to France :(

  7. Hi Penny,

    Lovely offer, unfortunately a little too far away from Belgium and flying is not too practical when you’re 6 months pregnant ;-) I love Mexico and its vibrant colours, juicy fruits and heavenly corn tortillas!
    Have loads of fun and I hope you will be visiting Belgium or Holland somewhere in the future; I will be sure to join you then. By the way, I added your blog to my blog roll, hope that’s fine. And thanks for your inspiring series on how food photography became your destiny, I watched some episodes this weekend :-)

    Take care,


  8. what an amazing opportunity this would be!!

  9. Fantastic pothos, when I ´ve been in Mexico and Guatemala i discovered the great vareity of maize colors. blck, red, orange, yellow, white …. and green

  10. I love this and will be open about my intense jealousy of every single person that will accompany you on this trip!! I want to see all their photos. (Preferably tethered and in real time.)

  11. LOL @ Dana, me too. The only fun place I’m going this summer is to Texas and maybe Fla. I wish I was going to Mexico City :( .

  12. iliana de la Vega

    Mexico City is beautiful, my City……I will be in Oaxaca those days, if you want to come I can show you around…..just a thought…it could be fun!!!

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  15. Daphne Loyola

    Hi Penny,
    Being married to a Mexican helps – and I’ve been doing food/market photos for years – to the embarrasment of my family. I won’t be in D.F. until mid Sept. this year, though.
    Please put me on your mailing list – and I hope your foodie tour went really well!!


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  19. Jen Wittlin

    Any chance you will lead other workshops like this one in the future? It would be a dream come true for me to be able to join you for this type of experience.

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