Graciela Iturbide: Images of the spirit (Aperture, 1996)


Graciela Iturbide (born 1942) is a Mexican photographer. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in many major museum collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Getty.






“In The New York Times Book Review, Christine Schwartz Hartley wrote of the hardcover edition of Images of the Spirit, ‘Ms. Iturbide’s definition of beauty is complex-in turn violent, spiritual, joyous, tense or tender-and it always has to do with dignity, the dignity of a ritual performed, a bond asserted, an identity worn with pride.’ Now available in a new paperback edition, this subtle yet powerful book of photographs blends evocative scenes from the many subcultures of Iturbide’s native Mexico with the artist’s own deeply personal, and oftentimes surrealistic vision. Iturbide’s work mixes history, lyricism and portraiture, boldly calling to mind Mexico’s photographic master, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, with whom she apprenticed in the 1970s.” Publisher’s Description