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Photographer Diego Huerta Is Capturing The Beauty and Culture of Oaxaca


Oaxaca, Mexico, is a gorgeous state full of rich culture and and beautiful traditions— as are the women of this beautiful land. Located just five hours south of Mexico City, Oaxaca still encompasses many old Mexican customs and photographer Diego Huerta is capturing the bounty of colors one click at a time.

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“There’s a place, between the dream and the reality, there’s a place named Oaxaca,” Huerta writes on Instagram. The Austin-based photographer has been shooting in Oaxaca for some time, and who could blame him with so much beauty around.

According to the Oaxaca Fund Initiative, the state has the greatest bio-diversity in the country, and it includes “nearly every type of ecosystem that exists in Mexico.”

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The state is also home to 30 percent of Mexico’s total indigenous population. “Of the 3.5 million people residing in the region today, over a third speak an indigenous language such as Zapoteco, Mixteco, Chatino, Trique, and Mixe. As a group, Oaxacans speak over fourteen indigenous languages and ninety dialects. Indigenous traditions are still a prominent part of life today as manifested by traditional dress, cuisine, festivities, and community structure.”

And the ratio of women to men (15 to 1)  is astounding. It’s no wonder that Huerta has an abundance of women to photograph.

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Traditional Tehuana bride.

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“I was struck by all the colors and by the faces of the various delegations, and I wanted to know where they came from,” Huerta said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It was at that moment that I knew I had to go to their place of origin to know more about their traditions and customs and document them via my portraits.”

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What are international film festivals for? Why enroll Tehuana in them? Contrary to what many people might think, film festivals are not to get rich and famous. They are to share unique and original stories and creations that unfold year after year around the world. To take Tehuana to compete on the five continents is to take a part of Mexico's culture that today is as real as drug trafficking, immigration, and the pandemic. Show a story that had not been told, and that needs to be made known. Help Tehuana through the GoFundMe platform, just click on my profile link. Thank you . ¿Para qué sirven los festivales de cine internacional? ¿para qué inscribir a la Tehuana en ellos? Contrario a lo que muchas personas pudieran pensar, los festivales de cine no son para hacerse ricos y famosos, son para compartir historias y creaciones únicas y originales que año tras año se desarrollan en todo el mundo. Llevar a Tehuana a competir en los cinco continentes, es llevar un pedacito de la cultura de México que hoy en día es tan real como lo es el narcotráfico, la inmigración y la pandemia. Mostrar una historia que no había sido contada y que es necesario dar a conocer. Ayuda a Tehuana a través de la plataforma GoFundMe, solo haz click en el vínculo de mi perfil. Gracias

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The backyard. Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca.

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Whether you’re into photography, art, Mexican culture, or travel, we highly suggest following Huerta on Instagram and Facebook. He is very detailed about his work, how he captures an image, what it takes to get at the truth of a subject and it’s amazing. So if you can’t get to Mexico right now, his pictures are the next big thing.

Click here for more information about Diego Huerta.