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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Graciela Iturbide

Names:
Other: Graziela Iturbide 
Dates:  1942, 16 May -
Born:  Mexico, Mexico City
Active:  Mexico
 
  
Mexican photographer and filmmaker. High contrast black and white images of Central and South America rituals - with a particular emphasis on Zapotec women.

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Biography provided by Focal Press 
  
Assistant to Manuel Alvarez Bravo. United her interests in anthropology and photography in a 1979 photo-essay on the matriarchal nature of Mexico’s Zapotec Indian community. This became her working model: getting to know her subjects and then using her access to examine the lives of Mexico’s indigenous peoples, their ceremonies and rituals, and the role of women. Her black and white images poetically document the interaction and tensions of urban and rural life, indigenous and modern culture, and social identity. Recent work centers on how people adapt to modernity and its effect on the landscape in other South American countries. 
  
(Author: Robert Hirsch - Independent scholar and writer) 
  
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] 
(Used with permission) 
  

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Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
  
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• International Center of Photography 1999 Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection (New York: A Bulfinch Press Book) p.219 [Includes a well written short biography on Graciela Iturbide with example plate(s) earlier in book.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Graciela Iturbide.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

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• Lahs-Gonzales, Olivia & Lippard, Lucy 1997 Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century. Selections from the Helen Kornblum Collection (Saint Louis Art Museum, D.A.P.) [Graciela Iturbide is included in this overview of women photographers.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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