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Chris Suspect (C)


Street Photography Workshop

with Chris Suspect
and Juan  Jose Reyes

April 11-17, 2022

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All over Mexico, Holy Week and Easter are celebrated as significant religious holidays. Processions, altars, and "Passion Plays" reenacting the last days of Christ are performed in several cities. The traditions go back several centuries. Almost nowhere in Mexico is Semana Santa recognized with such reverence, tradition and awe as in San Miguel de Allende. Visitors both devout and curious come from all over Mexico (and the world) to experience the intense emotion of these observances of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ.

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.

Join acclaimed street photographers Chris Suspect, and MSPF founder and Director Juan Jose Reyes and take your street photography to the next level. Juan and Chris have been doing photography workshops in San Miguel de Allende since 2018. They have extensive knowledge of the town and the best places to get great images. 


They 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. Learn how one “reads” a street photography image and how to identify the elements of what makes a street photograph successful and win contests.

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.

Juan will share his ten years of experience overseeing the largest street photography contest in the world. Learn the Three Types of Street Photographers,  the Five Levels of Street Photography, and the three key elements to help you decide if it’s a winning image 

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.


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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.



Juan Jose Reyes is the founder and Executive Director of the Miami Street Photography Festival, the largest and most widely recognized event in this genre.
He also co-founded the festival’s European partner, Street Photo Milano, offering a combined international platform that provides participating photographers with true worldwide exposure of their work.
Juan started photographing in his college years and has been shooting street photography exclusively since 2008 after learning directly from world-renowned teachers Alex Webb and Jay Maisel. He writes a street photography blog and his articles, as well as his images, have been published in all the popular street photography sites.

As executive director of MSPF, Juan oversees the panel judging of the “MSPF Finalists”, the final cut from among thousands of images submitted each year to MSPF and widely recognized as the best of contemporary street photography. He also runs MSPF-Workshops, which offers street photography workshops around the world with the best street and documentary photographers and educators.

In 2012 he started the Miami Street Photography Festival which has grown since then into a major international event held every December in Miami during Art Basel Miami, one of the leading art fairs in the world. MSPF is an international festival showcasing the best of contemporary street and documentary photography and has featured some of the best names in photography such as David Alan Harvey, Constantine Manos, Susan Meiselas, Bruce Gilden, Alex Webb, Martin Parr and many others. MSPF offers talks, lectures, portfolio reviews and exhibitions as well as contests that are open to anyone around the world.

In 2018 Juan developed Street Photo Milano with the goal of creating a cultural exchange where photographers can have their work exhibited in galleries in two major cities. Every year thousands of people attend exhibitions in both cities.


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MONDAY 11: Opening dinner (included)


8:30 AM We will have breakfast every day as a group.

10 AM We will meet daily in the mornings in a classroom setting to review work and give feedback. The group will go out and shoot at different times and locations depending on the week's festivities and schedule of events.


8am Breakfast / Workshop ends , You can make travel arrangements to depart San Miguel anytime after 8 AM on the 17th.

DAY TRIP : On Wednesday 13th, we will have the option to to do a quick trip to the town of ATOTONILCO, and visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco , also called the Sistine Chapel Of Mexico, completely covered with murals, sculpture, inscriptions and oil paintings. In Atotonilco we will also photograph the Holy Week festivities including procesiones and flagelations. 





  • Tuition for the workshop

  • Personal review of your portfolio by Chris Suspect / Juan Jose Reyes

  • Single accommodations for 6 nights/7 days in Hotel Mansion del Bosque, a boutique hotel in the center of  San Miguel de Allende ( King size bed / AC )

  •  Full breakfast daily

  • Two group dinners (first and last night- in two of San Miguel's best restaurants with the best views!!) 


       Note: Does not include air travel or transfers to/from San Miguel de Allende 


GETTING TO SAN  MIGUEL: The best way is to fly to either the cities of Leon/Bajio ( BJX ) or Queretaro (QRO) and then take a taxi/transfer to San Miguel . Travel from Leon to SMA is approx 2hrs and from Queretaro 1.5 hrs.  Another option is to fly to Mexico City and then ride a bus/car transfer to San Miguel ( approx. 4hrs drive ). We can assist in making transfer arrangements to SMA from the airport. ( it's cheaper to travel as a group from the airport ). Uber is available at both airports and is a safe and cheap alternative that we have used in the past.



Fill out the registration form below to register and hold your spot . A deposit of $1,250 is required to secure your spot for this workshop. Full  balance is due by March 1st, 2020.

(Please also see our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page)

NOTE: This workshop is subject to any local health restrictions in place at the time of the event and may be subject to change.  NOTE : Covid vaccination is required for all MSPF workshops that have indoor classes


Max students: 10. 

NEED MORE INFO:  Contact Juan Jose Reyes at

Cancellation:     We are flexible with our policy due to the current health situation. 

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