Graciela Iturbide

2012

Born in 1942 in Mexico City, Mexico. In 1969 Graciela went on to study film at the Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónama de Mexico where she came under the influence of acclaimed Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Iturbide worked as Bravo’s photography assistant, and his methods and aesthetics have had a lasting effect on her photography practice.

For Iturbide, the camera is just a pretext for knowing the world. Her interest, she says, lies in what her eyes see and what her heart feels—what moves her and touches her. Although she has produced studies of landscapes and culture in India, Italy, and the Unites States, her principal concern has been the exploration and investigation of Mexico—her own cultural environment—through black-and-white photographs of landscapes and their inhabitants, rituals, abstract compositions, and self-portraits. Her images of Mexico's indigenous people—the Zapotec, Mixtec, and Seri—are poignant studies of lives within the bounds of traditional ways of life, now confronted by the contemporary world.

Graciela Iturbide attended Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and holds honorary degrees from Columbia College Chicago and San Francisco Art Institute. Her many honors include the Lucie Award; National Prize of Sciences and Arts, Mexico City; Hasselblad Foundation Photography Award; Legacy Award from the Smithsonian Latino Center; Hugo Erfurth Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. her works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. Graciela Iturbide lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.