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Graciela Iturbide
Modern Photographer
Mexican, b. 1942
Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942. In the late 1960s she began studying filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Esudios Cinematográficos. While assisting Manuel Álvarez Bravo in the early 1970s, she studied photography, and soon after devoted herself to the art. During this time she traveled to Europe, where she met Henri Cartier-Bresson, who became a significant influence on her work. In 1978 she became a founding member of the Mexican Council of Photography. Assisted by Francisco Toledo, she has been working for several years on her “Juchitán” project, for which she was awarded the W. Eugene Smith award in 1987. In 1988 she was given a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation and her exhibit “Juchitán” received first prize at France's Mois de la Photo. She has worked both in film and in photography, and her subjects are often explorations of Mexico’s indigenous peoples. She is not only a photographer but a feminist and a humanitarian, her images aiding her cause. Iturbide lives in Coyoacán, Mexico.

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