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Market Portraits – Mexico

Written by 15 March 2011 20 Comments

No matter where I travel, I always keep an eye out for the local market. Often, markets are prime spots to really get a feel for the culture you’re traveling through. A place sustained by and for the locals, the market is to the city what the kitchen is to the house. As a vibrant center of commerce, family living and socialising, it’s a perfect place to witness and portray the city’s inhabitants in their essence, as raw as it comes.

Mexico‘s market culture is second to none and has been a great source of wonder and inspiration to me. Here are some of the portraits I shot at markets in Acapulco and Mexico City.

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  • bea said:

    love your pictures mami!! xx

  • jaclyn said:

    these are beautiful katja! i’d love to see some color ones too.

  • careaux said:

    These are most likely to be your best pictures, ever (in my opinion, let’s say!).

    Can’t wait for more. Sunny regards from Nepal.

    x Caro

  • Angela said:

    Great photo-essay, I love local markets, I wrote a post myself about it!

  • Jack said:

    Great photography, moody and uplifting at the same time. Would have loved to see some color versions too, Mexico is overflowing with them.

  • Katja (author) said:

    hey jack and jaclyn

    thanks for the feedback! i’m working on a colored version, stay tuned :)

  • Phil said:

    Wow! Lovely photos!

  • Henrik said:

    Excellent street photography!

  • Katja (author) said:

    thanks phil and henrik!

  • wandering educators said:

    love these photos – they are amazing!!

  • Don Faust said:

    Nice black & white photos… I really like the street photography.

  • Laura said:

    Fantastic photos, especially in B&W! Exploring the markets in Mexico City is one of my favorite pastimes, though I rarely manage to get photos as good as these. ;-)

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  • Cailin said:

    What is it that some of them have on their foreheads?
    Gorgeous photos! I always look for a market when I travel too – its a great way to see and meet the locals and take a bit of a look into their daily lives – I recently went to a fleamarket in Iceland and it was very cool to see :)

  • Cam @ Traveling Canucks said:

    Fantastic collection, you’ve done a wonderful job capture the human element

  • Jason said:

    A really great series of images here. I’m a big fan of black and white, and I think you’ve presented a human feel to the Mexican market place you visited. Safe travels…

  • C. Wyatt said:

    These are really impressive! Do you mind sharing what camera you used?

  • Katja (author) said:

    Hey Wyatt, glad you like those. I use a Canon 5D with a 50mm 1,4 lens.


  • Bohemian Trails said:

    These shots are amazing! They seem to really capture the local life of Mexican culture.

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