Marcela Taboada


  • City, State: Oaxaca, Oax
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Languages: Spanish, english

About me:

Self accomplished independent photographer living in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1986, Marcela holds a bachelor degree in graphic arts and design from the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla Mexico
Her work has been published in various newspapers and magazines from Mexico and other countries as well like: Claroscuro, Mexico Desconocido, México en el Tiempo, La Jornada, Mexicana de Aviación, Travesías, Elle Décor USA, Quien, Hasselblad Forum, Green Mountains, GEO Germany, Caminos, The New York Times, and The London Telegraph Magazine amongst others.
She has also participated in several books and art catalogues. She has taught photography courses in college, middle school and has developed various workshops for children at the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as at the Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center in Oaxaca. She has participated as instructor in various photographic workshops organized by Santa Fe Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. as well as at the National Geographic’s Photo Camp in Oaxaca.
Marcela is a member of the Advisory Council of the Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center in Oaxaca.
She has worked as program manager for Oaxaca on behalf of Maine Photographic Workshops and the Northwest Photographic Center. Currently, she coordinates photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s photo workshops in Oaxaca.
Her work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries in Mexico and overseas. Her work is part of the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Hasselblad Center, Fotografisk Center de Copenhagen, Sonoma Museum of Art, Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery NY, The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and the Fifty Crows Gallery in San Francisco, CA among others.
Past awards and stipiends:
1999 III Journalism Bienale México.
2002 Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden.
2005 National Geographic All Roads Photographers. Washington, DC.
2005 The image Creators, Yugoslavia.
2007 FONCA, Oaxaca. Credores con Trayectoria
2008 Photo Lucida nomination, Portland USA
2009 Cultural exchange Mexico-Indonesia. Bicentenario.

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