The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Book - 2018
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"Born in Mexico City in 1942, Graciela Iturbide wants to be a writer, but her conservative family has a different idea. Although she initially follows their wishes, she soon grows restless. After tragedy strikes, she turns to photography to better understand the world. The photographic journey she embarks on takes her throughout Mexico and around the globe, introducing her to fascinating people and cultures, and eventually bringing her success and fame. With more than two dozen photographs by Iturbide herself, Photographic explores the questions of what it means to become an artist"--Back cover.
Publisher: Los Angeles : The J. Paul Getty Museum, [2018]
ISBN: 9781947440005
Characteristics: 95 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Photographic


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Near the beginning of this gorgeous book, the celebrated photographer Graciela Iturbide says: "I photograph and exist in the in-between: those spaces where unknown worlds, real and imagined, intersect." This also is an apt description of the book itself, which revels in the in-between; ... Read More »

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Mar 13, 2019

This is a beautiful, unconventional book about photographer Graciela Iturbide. The writing by Isabel Quintero is simple, as are the beautiful drawings by Zeke Peña.

IndyPL_SarahB Jan 20, 2019

While I loved the illustrations, and the way Iturbide's photographs were both drawn and embedded, only the most serious of high school students will enjoy the text. One comes away from the book knowing very little about the artist's life, but a great deal about how her work has been interpreted. This book will find favor among students of art and photography at the college level and beyond. (Note: IndyPL call number places this book in the Teen collection - worth the trek if you're not a teen!)

Oct 30, 2018

A fascinating look at Graciela Iturbide's influences and inspiration for her iconic photography.

Aug 11, 2018

Good visuals. Samples from the subject's life. I was underwhelmed overall.

Apr 13, 2018

How have I made it through fifty-five years of life and never discovered the mind blowing photographic work of artist Graciela Iturbide?

She is at least an equal to more well known photographers, such as Cartier-Bresson or Brassai, with whom she shares a seemingly supernatural ability to candidly capture the dream-like in the everyday and the ordinary. She is certainly an equal to more widely celebrated Mexican artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in her ability to evoke the myth-poetic past and present of her nation and her people.

I suspect that I am not alone though in my ignorance, and that is were the team of Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena so ably step in. Quintero's poetic writing provides a strong yet ephemeral narrative voice that perfectly partners with the figurative images of Iturbide. Pena's competent black and white drawings aptly channel the straight forward and unembellished work of Iturbide with reverence. I also appreciated the dedication that Quintero and Pena display in making hispanic life more visible and in encouraging the artistic promise of young people.

While readers who already know Iturbide's life and work well might wish for more, "Photographic" offers a beautiful and inspiring introduction to her visionary approach to seeing the world for teens and adults alike.


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Apr 13, 2018

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