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Diego Huerta Is On A Mission To Photograph Mexico’s Indigenous Populations To Preserve Their Stories

Diego Huerta is a photographer on a mission to capture the essence of Mexican beauty, one indigenous population at a time. His photos are truly something to be admired.


It all started four years ago when Diego Huerta decided to embark on an epic journey of photographing all of Mexico’s indigenous populations.

Credit: Diego Huerta Photographer / Facebook

There are about 60 such indigenous populations in Mexico and, so far, Huerta is producing some amazing photos.


According to Mic, Huerta was inspired by his own curiosity of seeing what Mexico was before the country was conquered by the Spaniards.

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“It is a way of reliving history in the actual moment. Not in a book,” Huerta told Mic. “And that is the feeling that I look forward to transmitting to others, Mexican or not, since the native cultures should be part of the world heritage.”


The Austin-based photographer does more than just take photos of the people in the tribes. He completely immerses himself within the group.

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After witnessing the Guelaguetza, a parade and celebration of traditional Oaxaqueño customs, Huerta knew that he needed to go deeper into the group to truly capture the beauty that he saw in the parade.


“I was struck by all the colors and by the faces of the various delegations, and I wanted to know where they came from,” Huerta told The Huffington Post. “It was at that moment that I knew I had to go to their place of origin to know more about their traditions and customs and document them via my portraits.”

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Huerta has dedicated his time and energy in the photo project to photograph thousands of indigenous Mexicans, from children playing…

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…to the men and women dressed in their traditional clothing.

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His photos show a very intimate portrayal of indigenous life in Mexico that many rarely see.


“I know it may sound like a fantasy, but when I look at the people’s eyes, that’s when I know they are the right person to photograph,” Huerta told Instagram.

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And for him, it’s all about the physical and cultural connection he can forge with the people — a connection that inspires the photos he captures.

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