Graciela Iturbide began to work as a photographer in the early 1960s, and was for a time Manual Álvarez Bravo’s pupil and assistant. One of the most important and prolific figures in Mexican photography, Iturbide is best known for her photographs of the country’s indigenous peoples living in small villages. Her …

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Signed in ink on recto, signed and captioned in pencil on verso

Graciela Iturbide is famous for her cinematic black-and-white photographs, which depict indigenous groups and settings in her native Mexico. Iturbide’s frames, which she describes as “photo essays,” take inspiration from the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tina Modotti, and Manuel Álvarez Bravo; her elegant compositions document the vibrant world around her while embracing spontaneity and beauty. Born in Mexico City, Iturbide initially studied film before focusing on photography. She has exhibited at the Barbican Gallery in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Mapfre Foundation in Madrid; her work belongs to the permanent collections of SFMOMA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Centre Pompidou. Drawn to women’s rituals and roles in marginalized societies, Iturbide casts a sensitive eye on experiences too often ignored by the mainstream media and art world.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Hay TiempoROSEGALLERY
2017
Graciela IturbideMATE
2016
Graciela Iturbide: A Lens to SeeRuiz-Healy Art
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Vevey, Switzerland, 2009

Gelatin Silver Print
14 × 11 in
35.6 × 27.9 cm
Edition of 15
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US$1,000–US$2,500
Location
New York
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Graciela Iturbide began to work as a photographer in the early 1960s, and was for a time Manual …

Medium
Signature
Signed in ink on recto, signed and captioned in pencil on verso

Graciela Iturbide is famous for her cinematic black-and-white photographs, which depict indigenous groups and settings in her native Mexico. Iturbide’s frames, which she describes as “photo essays,” take inspiration from the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tina Modotti, and Manuel Álvarez Bravo; her elegant compositions document the vibrant world around her while embracing spontaneity and beauty. Born in Mexico City, Iturbide initially studied film before focusing on photography. She has exhibited at the Barbican Gallery in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Mapfre Foundation in Madrid; her work belongs to the permanent collections of SFMOMA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Centre Pompidou. Drawn to women’s rituals and roles in marginalized societies, Iturbide casts a sensitive eye on experiences too often ignored by the mainstream media and art world.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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