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Abuela y Nieto by photosbytony

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The grandson was at school for the earlier portrait “Family Business” so when i saw him later I grabbed a shot with the Grandmother.

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


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


  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Tony it is a beautiful portrait- their gazes have such direct depth. I enjoyed your notes so much, and get the feel it was a happy time for you my friend.

  • Thank You Rose, yes it was a happy time, new culture, learning photography and just in a photo rich environment for me, my eyes were wide open, soaking in the culture. It was exciting for sure, one huge adventure! tony

    – photosbytony

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesover 3 years ago

    Great study Tony..
    this whole series is a real grab of a place & time..
    So why were you there? Just travelling or working too?
    The stories put the photos in a greater perspective.
    The stories are still happening in India, Africa & a whole lot of poorer countries today.
    Shanty towns with hundreds of thousands of people in them
    Great series
    Cheers Lee

  • I’ll try to give you the quick, short version. A friend of mine from college was from Mexico City, 1st generation from germany. He graduated from Chicago Institute of Art and thought we could be the “Rock Stars” of advertising art in Mexico. Four of us plus my son drove down, an Illustrator mostly air brush and successful since and there, a graphic designer, now a dentist and the above mentioned friend, a photographer and me no real talents, gopher I guess. We opened up a studio to supply art to advertising agencies, one stop shop so to speak and a photo lab. We developed and printed B&W and Color, processed all by hand. We had no walk-up for the photo lab just did work for pros.We met the editor of AP Mexico and got to know him when he came in to have some color film processed. Despite wooden hand made sinks covered in , I forget what it is called (but it was used for boats and was nasty to work with) we had a great reputation for the quality of our processing and great makrs from Kodak when they tested us. Anyway he got me involved as a stringer for AP, gave me my first camera and I lived there for a total of five years or so. tony

    – photosbytony

  • They are still happening in Mexico too. I read that one shanty town in Mexico has a million people. I also read that more people live in shantytowns now then any other time in history which astounds me.

    – photosbytony

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

    A Union Jack t-shirt ..In Mexico? Makes one proud to be British!!

  • In the 70’s don’t forget. Sometime before I took this photo the Queen of England made the first visit ever to Mexico. It was a big deal, ticker tape parade and all that rubbish! lol Maybe he got cought up in the moment or they were passing them out free for that day!! :) The queen’s visit was the first time I ever used a camera. The same one I used for this photo. AP was short photogs or just wanted as many on the street as possible and gave me a 5 minute lesson on how to focus and expose and sent me out. My photo got world wide play according to the editor, I got 10 dollars and got to go out again. tony

    – photosbytony

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

    10 dollars .. !!! For photographing the Union Jack?? Cheap at half the price!! We pay more than that now for a gallon of petrol(Gas)

  • 10 dollars for the picture of the Queen, President Echeverria of Mexico and their families in the Zocalo ( town square) in Mexico City in front of thousands. School was out, many skipped work, it was like a national Holiday to see and honor the Queen of England.

    – photosbytony

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Lovely portrait, it’s fantastic how you’ve captured them in context so to speak. Their surroundings tell as much of a story as their faces do.

  • Thank You Damienne, one of the photographers I was exposed to in Mexico told me that closely cropped portraits can tell a story in themselves but always try to get some shots with context to broaden that story. I am glad you noticed!! :) tony

    – photosbytony

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesover 3 years ago

    Keep telling your story Tony…
    it’s fascinating!!!!
    Mate this is living history. There are stories buried inside you that are bursting to get out.
    They come out even just answering other peoples questions [like with the old Pommie gundog above]
    tell us your story about your time [with pics] in Mexico, the Queens visit, the photoshop & business you help run & the the people in the photos you took….
    I can feel your excitement bursting out of your replies….
    Tony’s time for a book!!!!!
    I’d love to read it
    Cheers Lee

  • Thank You Lee for the great comment! Don’t know if I have a book in me but we’ll see! :) Sorry for the late reply had my fisrt grandchild and my Mom died within 5 days so life beyond RB became a priority! tony

    – photosbytony

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    April 17, 2011

  • Thank You Teresa! I apologize for the late reply, life has been busy, including the birth of my first grandchild, Max.

    – photosbytony

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesover 3 years ago

    Very sad when your folks move into the next realm Tony….
    sorry to hear of your sorrows mate…
    Congrats on your first grandchild though…
    One hand gives & the other takes away…
    Take good care my friend
    but keep up the good work…
    Cheers Lee

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture and story!

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartabout 3 years ago

    what a compelling image!

  • Thank You Georgie ! tony

    – photosbytony

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