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Mariana Yampolsky, American, (1925–2002)
Mazahua Women, 1989
Gelatin silver print on paper
18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (47 x 34 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Gelatin silver Process
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2017.4.8

Alternate Title: Mujeres Mazahuas

Although Mariana Yampolsky is renowned for her work as a Mexican artist, she was a Chicago native who assimilated into a community of Mexican artists through her studies. While training in painting and sculpture, Yampolsky joined a coalition of anti-fascist printmakers known as the Taller de Grafica Popular or the People’s Print Workshop. Eventually she found her calling as photographer with an interest in portraits of indigenous people who embodied the spirit of rural Mexican culture. Her 1989 photograph, the Mazahua Women, is a wonderful example of this era of her work. It candidly captures two young women and a child caught in a moment of contemplation. Their subtly windswept hair and streaky shadows behind them create an illusion of a painterly lens.

Madeline Helland, SC 18

signed and titled on verso

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