Mexico Street Photography Workshop with Chris Suspect by Miami Street Photography Festival

​Join acclaimed street photographer Chris Suspect and take your street photography to the next level. Chris will review the basics of street photography, what street photography is and is not, and the history of street photography including the work of the masters.

Chris Suspect © Miami Street Photography Festival

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is one of the most colorful and charming holidays of the year. It is the time when Mexicans welcome the dead back to earth for a visit, even while mocking death itself.  Featuring several parades, all night celebrations at beautifully decorated cemeteries, art installations, dances and lusciously decorated public altars in homes and the streets around the entire town.

San Miguel de Allende was named " Best City in the World" by Travel and Leisure and has been named one of the top destinations in the world. Its cobblestone streets, colorful architecture and bustling art and music scene, along with fantastic food, are some of the reasons why people visit this charming colonial town in Mexico.

Learn how one “reads” a street photography image and how to identify the elements of what makes a street photograph successful. Chris will discuss visual cues to keep in the back of your mind when shooting from juxtapositions, tricks of perspective, multiple points of interest, capturing raw emotion, layering, obscuring elements, geometric principles, shadow play, and harnessing the subliminal power of semiotics. Chris also works a lot with flash and will share techniques to shoot at night in the festivities around San Miguel.​

This workshop is for all levels but a basic understanding of how to operate your camera is expected. A laptop and thumb drive will be required for editing and the feedback sessions. Any camera is accepted.


Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968. He is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, DC area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian.

He has published several books and his street photography work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene in Washington, D.C., was published as a book, Suspect Device, by Empty Stretch in 2014 and was a featured exhibit at the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival 2015 in Tblisi, Georgia. This same project was also featured in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany.  His work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives.

Suspect is the chairman for the 2018 Focus on the Story Festival in Washington, D.C., and is also on the board of the Miami Street Photography Festival and Street Photo Milano.

Suspect’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Photo District News, LFI Magazine,, and on the Leica Camera Blog. He also has published photographs in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, CNN, The Atlantic, Forbes and many other media outlets in the US, Germany, China, Canada, Italy, and Brazil.

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