Photographing the NATIVES of MEXICO

Preservation of the cultural past of the Mexican native

people to ensure their future through photography.

Due to the Coronavirus situation, the planned trip has been suspended. As alternative, I will photograph the Native people living in Mexico City starting in 2021.

To see more photographs please click here and to buy photographs here.

To buy the book (only in Spanish for the moment) please click here.


"Los Originarios" the Natives, named for the coexistence and talks I have had with them and for my great respect for their origins to these important towns that have inhabited and continue to inhabit Mexico before and after the Spanish conquest. It is a personal project and a photographic/videographic and documentary compendium of the 68 ethnic groups that this incredible country has.


The goal is to make them know and raise awareness among Mexicans and the rest of the world about their cultural importance, their identity, their contribution to society, their survival, their age-old wisdom and create an economic contribution to their progress. In addition, enrich the public debate by increasing the understanding of the situation of the Natives. They deserve attention and respect.


With my own means I traveled and photographed five groups (Maya Tzotzil, Maya Yucatecan, Nahuas de Guerrero, Purépechas and Raramuri) in 20 years and published this first book. I would have traveled end April of the year 2020 in the State of Oaxaca, which has 15 different groups. Because the Covid-19 situation, this trip has been cancelled and would restart in 2021.

The objective is to photograph all the Native groups by the end of 2023, in 7 trips intervals, 22,000 km and 10 to 12 months.

All photographs will be presented in exhibitions, between the trips, and published in new books and once I have finished my travels and photographed all groups, a limited luxury edition version will be made with the best photographs of all groups. With the videos I hope to make 30' documentaries of each ethnic group, a total of series of 68 episodes I hope to see on television.

Sofía, Purépecha girl

Isla de Janitzio, Patzcuaro Lake, State of Michoacan, Mexico.

15% will be donated of each limited edition photo and 15% of each book sold to the members of the photographed families who have children studying. This donation will accumulate to reach a scholarship that will cover all the expenses of studies (books, teaching material, transportation, clothing, food, etc.) of a year or more.
They will also receive their 17x22” size photographs on a 3mm wooden base and eventually the book where they will come out.

With time, the percentage of the donation to the families will be increased.

The Trip

We will travel in a compact van from Mexico City through Tehuacán to southern Oaxaca, along the coast to the east, through Oaxaca City to go to the north of the state and return to Mexico City. We will also visit places of tourist interest, protected natural areas and archaeological zones. The journey could take 8 weeks.

I invite all of you to follow me every day through social networks (FaceBook and Instagram and via Polarsteps, so you can feel the atmosphere, discovery and the adventure, and you can see the progress of the trip and see the “behind the scene” during the photo sessions.

The 15 groups that will be photographed are (from many to few): Zapotec, Mixtec, Mazatec, Mixe, Chinanteco, Chatino, Triqui, Huave, Cuicatec, Zoque, Amuzgo, Chontal of Oaxaca, Chocho people, Ixcatec, Tacuate, and a group called Afro-Mexicans from the small coast of Oaxaca who are not mentioned much.

The Team

The Team

Ilayalid Durán is the logistics administrator and will manage the social networks during the trip.




Denis Jockmans is a Belgian photo-grapher based in Mexico City, with more than 20 years of experience.

Winner of an international award,his specialty is artistic and conceptual photography, portrait, fashion and documentary.

Incessant searcher of perfect com-position and originality in each of its images.

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