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This was shot in the courtyard of a colonial era pension in the city of Valladolid in the Yucatan. During the Caste War of the Yucatan (1847-1901) Valladolid was occupied and sacked by Mayan rebels and all non-Mayans who did not manage to escape were killed. Later in the war the city was retaken by Mexican government forces. In modern times it’s mostly a way-station between Cancun and Merida.

Marquelia is a small town about 150 km south of Acapulco on the coast road. On Sundays the 2-lane road is blocked by a sprawling market. The Sunday we passed through there were people crowding up the area, buying and selling everything that was possible in that part of the world. Alongside the road there was this small sign mounted on a pole, Kodak yellow with red lettering, that said "Photo Marquelia". Curious, we followed a pot-holed street back through the village until we came to a thatched-roof palapa with the same yellow sign over the doorway. I asked the guy dozing at a table inside to tell the photographer that I was an American photographer and wanted to meet  him. So he returned with what turned out to be his brother and his pregnant wife. We spent the rest of the afternoon talking and taking pictures, mostly of each other.


Cholula is between Mexico City and Puebla and is known as “the city of churches”. Families from both colonial cities built elaborate “chapels” there. This is the Franciscan Monastery of San Gabriel, built by monks in the 1540s over top of a destroyed temple to the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl. The missionaries originally tried to supplant indigenous beliefs with Spanish Catholicism, but over time local religion evolved into a hybrid that borrowed the traditions of both. The white pennants streaming from the belfry are typical adornments on churches in Mexico.


This was shot early on a Sunday morning when the streets of Taxco were still empty, except for this one vendor headed for the zocalo. Most of Mexico is hot and dry, so in the cities vendors fill the streets selling refrescos (soft drinks), aguas (fruit drinks made with water) and paletas.