Aper Tours - Photography Workshop in Chiapas, Mexico

Photography Workshop in the Maya Heartland
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Aper Tours Photography Workshop - Chiapas, Mexico

Apertours is an unique opportunity to study photography in a small group, in beautiful and provocative settings, and with an instructor who has over 25 years experience teaching groups of all ages and experience. The courses are held in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico; Mexico's hidden paradise. The class size is limited to five students to allow direct exchange with the instructor, Cisco Dietz, and the ability to share ideas with students in an intimate and creative environment. The classes are centered around the colonial home SOL y LUNA of Cisco, where students will eat their meals and work in the fully equipped B/W darkroom. Two students will live at Casa Sol y Luna, while the others will live in comfortable quarters a few minutes away from Sol y Luna. Classes are conducted mainly in the field, with trips to explore the peoples, churches, markets and back streets of San Cristobal. Field trips to the indigenous villages, Chamula and Zinacantan and others that surround San Cristobal and a over night field trip to one of several possibilities, including, Comitan and the ruins of Tenam Puente and Chinkultik or to the Ocosingo Valley and the ruins of Tonina and Rancho Esmeralda, a macadamia plantation, where we spend the night.

Cisco Dietz, a graduate of the Motion Picture department of UCLA has been teaching photography since the late 1970's when he worked for the Extension department at UCLA, in 1985 he created the photography department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, an arts high school. Since 1994 he has been director of Aper Tours Photography Workshop in San Cristobal, Chiapas Mexico. Cisco was the founder of the Polaroid transfer process, PET, in 1978. He has received several art grants from the Polaroid Corporation to further his exploration of the process. His work has been collected by several museums in the USA. Before moving to San Cristobal in 1994 Cisco ran a successful commercial photography studio, Dietz Productions, INC in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Ruins of Tenam Puente

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521 Logan Ave
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