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  Participated in the Following Exhibitions Extraño: Contemporary Photographers from Mexico <1982>
Graciela Iturbide: Juchitán de las Mujeres <1989>
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Graciela Iturbide

Born in Mexico City in 1942, Graciela Iturbide has brought a deeply personal and poetic vision to the Mexican tradition of exploring issues of identity, diversity and selfhood.

Iturbide's work was influenced by two of the best-known earlier photographers of Mexico: Tina Modotti, recognized as one of the first socially concerned photographers, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who began to photograph in Mexico City after Modotti was forced into exile in 1930. Iturbide, who initially studied filmmaking, worked as Alvarez Bravo's assistant in the early 1970s and began to devote her time and talent to still photography. She traveled to Europe and met Henri Cartier-Bresson, who became another influence on her work, and then returned in 1978 to become a founding member of the Mexican Council of Photography.

Like Modotti before her, Graciela Iturbide became particularly interested in documenting indigenous groups and in the turbulent events-political reforms, violent demonstrations and students and intellectual uprisings-that surrounded her. Her first epic project was a study of the Seri Indians of Northern Mexico, which was published in 1981. An exploration of the diversity of Hispanic cultures found in both Spain and the Americas culminated in the exhibition Old World/New World in 1991.

Since the late 1970s, Iturbide has been documenting the Zapotec Indian people of Juchitán in their daily and ceremonial activities, which garnered first prize at France's prestigious "Mois de la Photo" in 1988.