Family Business by photosbytony

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Featured in the “50+GROUP” 5/16/11
Featured in “The Magic of Black and White” 5/22/11

This family ran one of the warehouses in the Central Market in Mexico City.

The wholesale market for produce and other foods was in “El Centro” Mexico City. The population of Mexico City was about 12 million people. The produce from the rural areas was shipped and distributed to warehouse in this area and then the traveling markets would pick up their goods here and travel to different neighborhoods every day and set up a street market. Where I lived Markey day was Tuesday and we would be woken up early by the sound of the vendors setting up in the street outside our apartment. The street was closed and the market went on for 4 or 5 blocks, produce, meat, fish, spices, even live chickens, it was all there. My job was to accompany our house keeper/ cook/nanny for my son to the market. She would visit the different vendors, pick over the vegetables and bargain for the best price, when she was satisfied she would tell me the price, show me the tomatoes or whatever and wait for me to approve. Of course I always approved and pulled out the money needed and gave it to her. I did share in carrying the bags. We did the majority of our shoppinmg at this market. She never wrote anything down, carried no list but it always worked out perfectly and she was a wonderful cook.
Nikkormat 50mm Nikkor lens, Tri-X film

110 views as of 5/18/11


film, black and white, photojournalism, documentary, street, mexico, market


  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 3 years ago

  • faceart
    faceartabout 3 years ago

    This is a wonderful photogrphy, an instant fav!

  • Thank You Klaus! tony

    – photosbytony

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 3 years ago

    April 16, 2011

  • Thank You Teresa for yet another feature, thrilled to put it mildly! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Baina Masquelier
    Baina Masquelierabout 3 years ago

    Great capture, a fave, love the B&W, the expression on the lady’s face lightens up with Laurel and Hardy :-) Congratulations with Family Business and the feature!

  • Thank You so much Baina! Really glad you like it! Sorry for the late reply see nect comment. tony

    – photosbytony

  • madworld
    madworldabout 3 years ago

    This series you are doing is wonderful Tony. Kudos

  • Thank You Tracey! I apologize for the late reply the last few months have been kind of crazy for me a drawn out illness that the diagnosis kept changing, the birth of my first grandchild, Max and the death of my Mom within 4 days. Still trying to catch up here on RB and discovering missed comments. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant images…

  • Thank You Luis! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroabout 3 years ago

    LOL Laurel and Hardy!!

  • Yes, I thought it was pretty funny at the time given the place and time, I later found out that Laurel and Hardy were popular in Mexico. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroabout 3 years ago

    I cannot decide which top i prefer? Laurel and Hardy or the dutch windmill?LOL

  • That’s funny, I really didn’t even notice the windmill when i was taking the photo but picked it out on the contact sheet, love those little bonuses you don’t expect. tony

    – photosbytony

  • james smith
    james smithabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much James, honored to be featured! tony

    – photosbytony

  • infiniteme
    infinitemeabout 3 years ago

    Ahh Tony, I knew this was yours on the feed…. I just love the seriousness of the matriarch in opposition to L&H. I am also wondering what the older son has in his pocket? ;-)

  • LOL ! Thanks for the great compliment, I took 6 or 7 photos at different times and her expression never changed when I had the camera pointed at her and she gave me permission to shoot them initially. tony

    – photosbytony

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