Graciela Iturbide, Photographer of Dreams
I'm doing a photography unit with my classes and we're looking at the work of Graciela Iturbide. She's a Mexican artist who's been taking photos of her country, her culture, her people, since she was 11. But, her work isn't simply documentary. There's really something haunting about it. And my students agree.
A 2016 New York Times piece argues that her photography is "surrealist," and that feels just right.
Take a look at them.
They are dreamy and spiritual but also rooted in universal shared experiences of love and death, tradition and identity.
They stick with you, don't they?
Iturbide's photos can be seen in collections at the Brooklyn Museum, the MOMA, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (D.C.).
In my lesson planning, I came across this comic book/biography of Iturbide, which I'm bummed I can't share with my students (it comes out in March) but I'm hoping will be a great resource for introducing her story to younger audiences.
For adults, this book has gotten rave reviews.
Cover photo is Self-Portrait in My House, 1974.