Since 1975, Graciela Iturbide (born 1942) has been esteemed as one of Latin America’s most important photographers. In 2008 she won the Hasselblad Award, the world’s most prestigious prize in the field of photography. Accompanying a 2012 exhibition at the Museo Amparo en Puebla in 2012, for which the photographer made an exhaustive trawl of her archive, this beautifully printed volume juxtaposes a trove of previously unpublished photographs with reproductions of contact sheets of some of Iturbide’s best-known images. The book is accordingly divided into two sections separated by a double binding. The first groups her works into four themes that have endured in her work from the very beginning--children, rituals, urban spaces and gardens. The second section is comprised of the contact sheets of her well-known Oaxaca, Birds and L.A. series.
Graciela Iturbide (born 1942) is Latin America's most internationally admired photographer, as her receipt of the 2008 Hasselblad Foundation award confirmed. Although she is best known for her serial portrayals of her native Mexico, one of Iturbide's most popular individual photographs is “Perros Perdidos” (or “Lost Dogs” ), an image of several dogs in silhouette on a rocky outcrop taken in India in 1998. Graciela Iturbide: No Hay Nadie/There Is No-Onereveals the Mexican photographer's extended explorations in (mostly) cities in the north of India--Varanasi, Delhi and Calcutta, as well as Bombay--over the past 13 years. Iturbide's black-and-white images are strikingly at ease with their subject matter, able to locate arrangements of objects, architectural outline and urban signage without ever lapsing into visual tourism.
Published by RM/Editorial Calamus. Text by Mario Bellatín, Elena Poniatowska.
Mexico-based Graciela Iturbide, a 2008 Hasselblad Award winner, is one of Latin America's most influential photographers. Juchitan de Las Mujeres is a reprisal of her 1989 masterwork, comprising ten years of travels along the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, near Southern Oaxaca, where she lived among the pre-Columbian Zapotec culture indigenous to the remote region. With new design and excellent production quality, this volume, which features many previously unpublished photographs, is a visual record of the daily life of an ancient culture in flux, through portraits of its people and glimpses into the Zapotecs' attitudes toward sexuality, ritual, death and the role of women. Revealing some of the finest examples of Iturbide's enduring themes--the clash between urban and rural life, ancient and modern life--it includes a foreword by celebrated Mexican novelist, Mario Bellatín.
Published by Aperture. Preface by Roberto Tejada. Epilogue by Alfredo Lopez Austin.
In the New York Times Book Review, Christine Schwartz Hartley wrote of the hardcover edition of Images of the Spirit, "Ms. Iturbide's definition of beauty is complex--in turn violent, spiritual, joyous, tense or tender--and it always has to do with dignity, the dignity of a ritual performed, a bond asserted, an identity worn with pride." Now available in a new paperback edition, this subtle yet powerful book of photographs blends evocative scenes from the many subcultures of Iturbide's native Mexico with the artist's own deeply personal, and oftentimes Surrealistic, vision. Iturbide's work mixes history, lyricism and portraiture, boldly calling to mind Mexico's photographic master, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, with whom she apprenticed in the 1970s. Iturbide was born in 1942. She continues to live and work in Mexico.