Four young “cholas” looking tough in East Los Angeles. A fearless woman in Juchitán, Mexico wearing several live iguanas on her head. An indigenous woman forging her way through the Sonora Desert with her long hair flowing behind her and a boom box in hand.
These are all powerful images captured by Graciela Iturbide, one of the most acclaimed photographers in the world and one of the most prolific Mexican photographers alive today. The Mexico City-native, who studied filmmaking at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and worked with the likes of Manuel Álvarez-Bravo, has made a career photographing a range of still-life scenes and human subjects, oftentimes marginalized women. Her portfolio has gained international recognition, including the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2008.
From Thursday, Sept. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 15, the Ruiz-Healy Art gallery will feature Graciela Iturbide: A Lens to See, a solo exhibition of Iturbide’s work. The show is in conjunction with FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA International Photography Festival and features works from the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University.
The Rivard Report asked Iturbide a few questions in Spanish via email ahead of her exhibition about life as a photographer, feminism, and exploring different cultures from behind the lens. See her translated responses below.
RR: HOW HAS THE MOVE FROM PRINT TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CHANGED YOUR PRACTICE?
GI: I still do analog photography. For me, it’s a ritual.
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