Oaxaca, Mexico - History, Culture, Architecture & Cuisine - October 7 - 14, 2017

Join fine art photographer Judy Yemma on this photographic exploration of one of Mexico’s most culturally rich regions.



Inhabited since prehistoric times, Oaxaca and its environs are photogenic gems of Mexico’s colonial past. This workshop will focus on developing your creative vision through seeing and thinking in different ways. You will learn to visualize the results you want while photographing ruins, village churches, markets, stunning architecture, artisans and food preparation in rural kitchens.



Tour Itinerary:

October 7 – Arrival day. After getting settled into the hotel, we’ll take a photo walk around the neighborhood. At 6pm we’ll meet up with our in-country host, Eric Mindling.  Overnight Oaxaca City, Hotel un Sueno. D


October 8 – Today we travel to the village of Tlacolula. The busy Tlacoulula Market is the oldest continuous market in Mesoamerica and the largest in the region.  Market Day is considered a festival day. Ranchers, farmers, and others come from rural areas to shop, sell and socialize. We will see all variety of traditional dress, agricultural products, livestock, crafts and much more.

Later, a trip to the Mitla Ruins. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mitla Ruins consist of ancient stone-cut mosaics, a 16th century church and thousands of polished stones that are believed to date back three centuries before the arrival of the Spaniards.  Overnight Mitla, Hotel don Cenobio. B/L/D


October 9 – Our focus today will be on some of the artisans in the region. We’ll travel to the villages of Santa Ana del Valle and Teotitlan del Valle.  In a rustic rural kitchen we’ll sample the traditional chocolate beverages, make tortillas and have a home-cooked lunch. In the afternoon, visits to the colorful workshops of candle makers and weavers. At sunset, a photo shoot at the village church in Teotitlan del Valle.  Overnight Mitla, Hotel don Cenobio. B/L/D


October 10 – Up at sunrise for a photo shoot at Hierve el Agua Mineral Springs. The bubbling water of these falls are rich in minerals that have built up over thousands of years, leaving the effect of petrified waterfalls. After breakfast, we’ll return to Mitla for midday photo editing. Lunch today is at a primitive mezcal distillery where we can photograph the process of putting agaves into the cooking pit.  Overnight Mitla, Hotel don Cenobio. B/L


October 11 – Depart Mila today with a stop at the local markets of Teotitlan. Teotitlan is best known for its textiles—especially rugs and tapistries. Mid-morning, we’ll have hands-on cooking class in a picturesque Zapotec household kitchen. We eat the lunch we’ve made and return to Oaxaca in the late afternoon.  Overnight Oaxaca City, Hotel un Sueno. B/L


October 12 – A Sunrise photo walk in Oaxaca City. A late morning visit to a funky home workshop of an artistic paper maker, followed by a visit to a fabulously restored 19th Century textile factory. An afternoon visit to the monumental ruins of Monte Alban.  Overnight Oaxaca City, Hotel un Sueno. B/L/D


October 13 – Oaxaca City day. A guided photo walk through the core of the old city. Midday photo editing time. Pre-dinner photo sharing. Farewell dinner.  Overnight Oaxaca City, Hotel un Sueno. B/L/D


Our goal for this tour is to provide the participant with the best possible photographic experience. If necessary, we reserve the right to change the itinerary to ensure a successful program.


The Price:

Price per person: $2,950. Double occupancy.

Single Supplement: $300.

Payment schedule: A $500 deposit is required with registration. The balance is due by check or credit card to Viewpoint by July 3, 2017.

A $100 administrative fee for any cancellation prior to July 3, 2017.  After July 3, 2017, there is no refund.


  • All lodging (double occupancy)
  • Meals listed on the itinerary
  • Tour transport
  • Workshop and photo critiques
  • All sightseeing and entry fees


Not included:

  • Air fare
  • Airport tranfers
  • Beverages no included with the meals
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips to guides and room service


Minimum number of participants: 8, Maximum: 10.


For further information, contact Diane Tempest at dtempest@me.com



Our Workshop Leader:  Judy Yemma

Judy is an award-winning photographer and a long-time member of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.  She has served as Viewpoint’s president, and is currently a board member and Curatorial Coordinator.  Judy’s work has been exhibited in many shows and galleries throughout California and her work has been featured in several publications.  

“My approach to photographing in new environments is to ‘be’ in a place or situation before I lift my camera.  I try to spend enough time to notice its elements; to pay attention, to turn 360°, to get close, to move out and to converse with people.  Essentially, it’s opening my eyes to truly see and let the photograph find me.  When I do this, I find that I come away with much more interesting and meaningful images than if I had just snapped away.”

“I will be stressing this approach in making photographs during our workshop.  I want people to take their time to learn about these places and people and to strive to capture the intangibles that really make an image rich and compelling.” 




Our In-country Host/Guide: Eric Mindling

Eric has lived in Southern Mexico and worked closely with hundreds of rural artisans since 1992 when he landed a job, fresh out of college, as a pottery buying agent for Jackalope Pottery in New Mexico. His job was to travel the backroads of Oaxaca, find interesting pottery and ship it to the store. It was a job offer that he describes as "my equivalent to being drafted into the NFL coming out of college. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven!"  Through years of travelling down remote roads to small villages in search of yet another lost pottery village, eating fresh tortillas, sipping mescal and meeting one wonderful person after another Eric learned his way through the wilds of backcactus Mexico. Eric is the author of the pioneering book Fire and Clay, The Art of Oaxacan Pottery, and is currently working on a first-of-its-kind photo documentary of traditional fashion in the indigenous villages of Oaxaca.


Suggested Reading:

About Tlacolula de Matamoros
About Mitla
About Teotitlán del Valle
About Hierve el Agua


October 7 2017 3:00 PM   through   October 14 2017 12:00 PM
Phone: 916-441-2341
(per person) $ 500.00

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