La Gente de Coyoacán | People of Coyoacan

PART 1 of 2

Coyoacán is a borough of Mexico City whose colonial town center by the same name is one of the most visited places in Mexico. A haven for artists, intellectuals, hippies, politicians, the wealthy and the poor, Coyoacán has been populated for at least two millennia. Its parish church, Saint John the Baptist, was started in 1552.

Among those who have called Coyoacán home are Laura Esquivel, Luis Buñuel, Hernán Cortes and his mistress La Malinche, Mexican presidents Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Miguel de la Madrid Hutardo, Hollywood legend Dolores del Rio, modern day heartthrob Diego Luna, Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and these illustrious though less-known inhabitants.

Pulquería Coyoacán

Noé, the pulque maker, at the last remaining pulquería en Coyoacan, Los Paseos de Santa Anita.

Shopkeepers on Francisco Sosa street

Shopkeepers José Roberto and Maria Cristina Soriano have been fixtures on Francisco Sosa street for decades.

School boy Eduardo

School boy Eduardo in Jardin Hidalgo.

Coyoacán - Pedro Meyer

The photographer Pedro Meyer was one of the pioneers of digital photography. He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, and won one of the first Rockerfeller Foundation grants for a Web project.





Stuff, Coyoacán

Fernando Dominguez is the proprietor of Stuff, a popular hipster apparel shop near the center of Coyoacan.


11 Responses to La Gente de Coyoacán | People of Coyoacan

  1. John Pike October 15, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Nailed it again, Doug.

  2. Connie October 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Awesome Doug. You capture the essence of the people.

  3. Alex October 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    I was in Coyoacán a few months ago. Fascinating neighborhood around the Freda Kalo museum.

  4. Herschell Blanchett October 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I always love your travel work.

  5. Terry Bernhardt October 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Amazing color! Makes me want to catch the next plane.

  6. Tina Luttrell October 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Love your pictures. You seem to always capture the happiness and vibrant colors!

  7. Angie October 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Love your photos! The colors are always beautiful and you capture life as art. For some reason I can’t explain, the shot of the gentleman’s full head of hair was hard for me to stop gazing at – captivating photo!

  8. Celeste Bracewell October 16, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    The photographs are great captures and an inviting glimpse of the people of Coyoacan. I love the brilliant colors but the black and white shot of Pedro Meyer is worthy of the great man himself.

    • Doug Hall October 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

      Thank you so much for the nice remarks.

  9. Maya March 21, 2016 at 2:04 am #

    I just found your blog through your posts about Cuba, a country I recently visited and where I could also see what you saw and left me frustrated and worried about many people. I remember speaking to a group of cuban friends I met there.. at first, they told me they were very happy to live in Cuba and that they loved the communist government but, as the night kept going they started to open up about their real feelings towards their situation until one of them started talking about how he’s already working on building a “boat” to go to Florida and escape Cuba, and one of his friends started crying and begged him to please stay, since so many people die in those journeys. The friend that begged him was one of the few privileged people who live in Varadero and can actually work there and earn more from the tourism, but the one who wanted to escape was making only 10 dollars a month (the “privileged friend” considered himself to be privileged because he was making that amount weekly) Anyways.. I’m mexican, so I kept going through your blog and I really liked your posts about my country, thank you for sharing with the world such a real perspective about Mexico, our Cuban cousins and South America.

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