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(In Oaxaca, Mexico)

7 Day Photo Workshop

FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 6, 2025

$3,900 USD


Experience Carnaval San Martín Tilcajete with accomplished Mexican street photographer David Coleman. David was born and raised in Mexico and is an expert with the Mexican people, customs, language, and world renowned Oaxacan culinary cuisine.


One of the world’s most unique festivals, the Carnaval San Martín Tilcajete in the state of Oaxaca, México, is notable for its use of satire especially related to matrimony. We will visit the towns of San Martín de Tilcajete and Zaachila where people, covered in motor oil and acrylic paint, dance in the streets with intricate costumes of devils, animal skulls, and clanging bells.


The workshop also includes visual storytelling instruction and image review sessions.

“My trip to Oaxaca was great!! David is an excellent teacher and I learned a lot from him. He cares very much about his work and the experience of his students which I appreciated. In addition, his restaurant choices were terrific and would definitely satisfy any foodie. The accommodations were comfortable and centrally located. I highly recommend this workshop."- Robyn Abramson, New York, NY​

“David Coleman's Carnaval photo workshop this spring in Oaxaca was incredible. I've been to Day of the Dead in October for photography, but the spring markets and Carnaval events were another thing altogether. David plans everything, all activities and every photo opportunity, where he works with each photographer both in the field and in the classroom each day to improve skills at each person's ability.  Excellent teacher in a incredible location. I'd highly recommend this workshop!"- Kitzi Tanner, Palo Alto, CA​​

"I loved my trip to Oaxaca last week! David was a great teacher- his expertise is storytelling so throughout the week our lectures and discussions were focused on creating our story. It was challenging and thought provoking to use his point of departure method. I learned a lot, ate a lot and had lots of fun with a wonderful, small intimate group of like minded travelers.

Thank you, David" - Margie Greenberg, Palm Beach, FL

"This was my first experience in a photography workshop. David made this a fantastic learning experience coupled with his insights on Oaxaca (including great restaurants), Carnival and Photography in general. He provided extensive guidance before the trip on equipment, what to expect in Oaxaca and logistics support. He also has in-station guides and drivers to make the experience as smooth as could be. The format for the workshops worked out well (morning photoshoot, afternoon class with guidance on photos and evening outings and dinners). The workshop had the right number of participants which helped get the most out of his time and the group helped each other also. Almost half of this group had been with David for previous trips which also gives confidence in his workshops. I learned a lot on this first experience and would definitely go to another of his workshops. If you are thinking about one of his workshops, I would highly recommend you attend." - Nick Vadlamudi, Fremont, CA


Carnaval Experience - a collection of images taken during the "Carnaval Experience Photo Workshop"​.


Private single-occupancy accommodations, all breakfasts, two dinners, classroom instruction, private coaching, local transportation, tours, leaders and local guides, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.​

Note on limited spaces: Workshops are limited to 7 participants. Small groups allow David to provide one-on-one photography coaching in the field.

​A workshop participant may bring an additional guest for an add-on fee of $500. The guest receives all the benefits as a workshop participant except for photography instruction.



Air fares, airport transfers, and airport taxes. Beverages and alcoholic drinks, meals not included in the itinerary, tips and gratuities. Personal expenses. Any other incidentals not listed under "Items Included”.



RETAINER: $500 USD (Non-Refundable / Non-Transferable)

Workshop balance: The balance of $3,400 is due and payable by December 1st, 2024, 8am EST. If canceled after December 1st, 2024, 8am EST full cost will be retained. Please contact us with payment options.

Activity level: HIGH. Activities may include long walks and on uneven streets.

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