Dates 2019

11 days - October 27 - November 6, 2019

Dates 2020

14 days - October 25 - November 07, 2020

Our Journey

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Oaxaca and surrounding mountain areas is a mysterious journey on a very different level.

The Day of the Dead celebrations developed from ancient traditions among its pre-Columbian cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. The festival developed into the Day of the Dead. The festivities are dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead". In the western world this festival transformed into Halloween.

We will start our journey in the city of Oaxaca, we will explore the town and its surroundings. Then we will move by own transport to the Sierra Norte where we will stay in small mountain villages celebrating Dia de los Muertos. We will combine documenting the life on selected coffee and mescal plantations with the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Needless to say that Mexican food is simply delicious)

The workshop

We’re passionate about teaching the different aspects of photography. A good amount of time will be spend on:

  • Giving you detailed feedback and assistance/suggestions from our side

  • Help you to become comfortable photographing strangers in unfamiliar environment with Respect and Dignity towards your subjects. Even if you don't speak the language, Empathy has no language. In return this will make you feel relaxed and confident, which is important for making environmental portraits or street photography.

  • Recognise favourable photography situations. Not everything is interesting to photograph. We will make your internal sirens go off meaning "We've got a situation!" when photographical interesting elements which are resonating with you are aligning. Find 2-3 a day and you had an amazing day. We speak about what such "situations" are and what to do when you find them.

  • Judge the quality of natural light and find the good light at any time of the day. Not only in the early morning or afternoon/evening.

  • How to adjust correctly to low light situations. Do not blindly crank up your ISO setting and continue like it was day.

We want you to return home with a personally meaningful photo essay.


Group Size

Small group size, 4 persons per car (including the driver). Maximum 6-7 participants.


Experience | Difficulty

Open to all levels

Non-photographers and adventure seekers are welcome

Moderate schedule

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking, bring comfortable shoes.

Lecturer | Host

Harald Claessen  

Born in the Netherlands - Flying Dutchman (a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever). Harald is a Social Documentary and Portrait Photographer.

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  • All Accommodations, single occupancy

  • All breakfasts

  • 2 dinners - Welcome and Farewell dinner

  • Professional photographer | host | tuition

  • Small group size

  • Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Environmental Portraits, low light photography

Leica MP-240

Leica MP-240


Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Oaxaca, Mexico (OAX)

Our adventure begins at 8 AM during breakfast on the first day and ends at 12 PM on the last day (Departure day)

To register, send an email to mail@haraldclaessen.com mentioning which workshop you would like to join.

Leica MP240

Leica MP240

What to expect?

Some images from our previous Oaxaca Travels.

Partners on this journey

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