Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Graciela Iturbide

Garciela Iturbide is a Mexican photographer, one of the biggest names in Latin American photography.

She started photography late in life after the death of her child and a divorce. She enrolled at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. While there, she studied cinema and met the father of Mexican photography Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who became her mentor. She went on to work as his assistant, and his methods and aesthetics have had a lasting effect on her practice.

She mainly worked in black and white and often depicts women believing them to embody independence and sexuality, and in 1979 she published Juchitán de las Mujeres, a book of photographs which inspired her lifelong support of feminist causes.

Her works unearths pre-Columbia imagery in search for a modern Mexican identity.

She remained focused on Mexico throughout on Mexico throughout her career, she also worked in India, Argentina and Texas. She first exhibited in Mexico in 1975.

Later on, her work shifted from humans, animals to nature which she considers to be her travel diary.

Her works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Los Angeles County Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was also s founding member of the Mexican Council of Photography, and in 2008 she received the Hasselblad Foundation Award.

 

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