"Oaxaca, in the southern reaches of Mexico, is known throughout the world for its power to heighten the senses to an exquisite degree. To speak of the place as magical is nearly impossible to avoid. This quality of magic seems to be present everywhere, and all at once: in the light and colors, in the dizzying exuberance of nature, in the proximity of modern life to the ancient, in Oaxaca's food, craft, architecture, art, and music. And perhaps most important of all, in it's people." (taken from the book: XV aƱos, a conversation with Mary Ellen Mark by Michael Sledge)