About the Mexican photographer, Graciela ITURBIDE (*1942 in Mexico-City)

The main focus of the photographic work of Graciela ITURBIDE is the everyday life of different communities in Mexico. After a year as assistant to the photographer Manuel Álvarez BRAVO and the sudden death of her six-year-old daughter in 1970, she made photography her profession. In 1974, she documented General Omar Torrijos' attempt to establish a leftist regime in Panama. In 1981 her photo reportage 'Los que viven en la arena' (engl.: Those who live in the sand) about the Seri Indians in the Sonoran Desert is published. One of her most famous photos is 'Our Lady of the Iguanas', taken in 1979 in Juchitán, Oaxaca.

Photo books by and about Graciela ITURBIDE

'En el nombre del Padre' (1993); 'Fiesta und Ritual: Graciela Iturbides Mexiko' (1994, 1998, by Erika Billeter); 'La Forma y la Memoria' (1996); 'Images of Spirit' (1997, 2006); 'Phaidon 55' (2001); 'Pajaros' (2002);  'Naturata: 1996-2004' (2004); 'Eyes to fly with: portraits, self-portraits, and other photographs' (2006); 'Roma' (2007); 'ASOR' (2008); 'Twelve Days' (2008); 'The Hasselblad Award 2008' (2008); 'Juchitan de Las Mujeres 1979-1989' (2010); 'Mexico / Roma' (2011); 'No Hay Nadie' (2011); 'Graciela Iturbide' (2012); 'Mi Ojo' (2016); 'Cuando habla la luz' (2018); 'Photographs' (2019); Des Oiseaux' (2019); 'The Photography Workshop Series' (2021); 'Heliotropo 37' (scheduled in 2022)

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Exhibitions (a selection)

1975 First group exhibition, Galeria Jose Clemente Orozco, Mexico City
1980 First solo exhibition, Casa des Cultura of Juchitán, Oaxaca
1982 Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris
2000 Solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Argentina
2013/2014 Solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London


1987 W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography
1990 International Grand Prize, Hokkaido, Japan
2008 Hasselblad Award