Graciela Iturbide / Mexico City, 1942.
In 1969 she enrolled at the age of 27 at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónama de México to become a film director. However she was soon drawn to the art of still photography as practiced by the Mexican modernist master Manuel Alvarez Bravo who was teaching at the University. From 1970-71 she worked as Bravo’s assistant accompanying him on his various photographic journeys throughout Mexico. In the early half of the 1970s, Iturbide traveled widely across Latin America in particular to Cuba and several trips to Panama.
In 1978 Iturbide was commissionedby the Ethnographic Archive of the National Indigenous Institute of Mexico to photograph Mexico’s indigenous population. Iturbide decided to document and record the way of life of the Seri Indians, a group of fisherman living a nomadic lifestyle in the Sonora desert in the north west of Mexico, along the border with Arizona, US.
In 1979 she was invited by the artist Francisco Toledo to photograph the Juchitán people who form part of the Zapotec culture native to Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Iturbide’s series that started in 1979 and runs through to 1988 resulted in the publication of her book Juchitán de las Mujeres in 1989.
Between 1980 and 2000, Iturbide was variously invited to work in Cuba, East Germany, India, Madagascar, Hungary, Paris and the US, producing a number of important bodies of work.
She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou (1982), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1990), Philadelphia Museum of Art(1997), Paul Getty Museum (2007), MAPFRE Foudation, Madrid (2009),Photography Museum Winterthur(2009), and Barbican Art Gallery (2012), between others. Iturbide isthe recipient of the W. Eugene Smith
Memorial Foundation Award, 1987;the Grand Prize Mois de la Photo, Paris, 1988; a GuggenheimFellowship for the project ‘Fiesta y Muerte’, 1988; the Hugo Erfurth Award, Leverkusen, Germany, 1989;the International Grand Prize,Hokkaido, Japan, 1990; the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Award, Arles, 1991; the Hasselblad Award, 2008; the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in Mexico City in 2008; an Honorary Degree in photography from the Columbia College Chicago in 2008; and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. She continues to live and work in Mexico City. Currently she is preparing an exhibition of her new work at the Amparo Museum in Puebla, Mexico that will be in February 2013.
1970 - 1971 Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s assistant
1969 Film, Centro de estudios cinematográficos at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
2012 Graciela Iturbide. Catalog for the exhibition. Mexico City: Museo Amparo and Editorial RM.
2011 Graciela Iturbide: Mexico – Roma.Mexico City: Editorial RM.
2011 Graciela Iturbide: No hay nadie / There is no one. Text by Oscar Pujol. Madrid: La Fábrica
2011 Graciela Iturbide. Texts by Michel Frizot and Robert Delpire. Paris: Lunwer and PhotoPoche
2010 Graciela Iturbide: Asor.Electroacoustic work by Manuel Rocha Iturbide. Göttingen: Little Steidl
2010 Graciela Iturbide: Juchitán de las mujeres: 1979-1980. Mexico City: Editorial RM and Calamus Editorial
2009 El baño de Frida Kahlo. Mexico City: Editorial RM and Galería López Quiroga
2009 Graciela Iturbide. Texts by Marta Dahó, Juan Villoro and Carlos Martín García. Madrid: MAPFRE Foundation
2007 Graciela Iturbide: Roma. Catalog for the exhibition. Texts by Elisabetta Rasy and Marco Delogu. Photography Festival of Rome
2007 Graciela Iturbide: Juchitan. Text by Judith Keller. Los Angeles: Paul Getty Museum.
GRANTS & AWARDS
2013 Premio Trayectoria Artística. Chobi Mela VII International Festival of Photography, Dakha, Bangladesh
2010 Prize PhotoEspaña Baume & Mercier. Festival PhotoEspaña, Madrid
2010 Lucie Award for Achievement in Fine Art. New York Cit
2009 National Prize of Sciences and Arts, Mexico City
2008 The Hasselblad Foundation Photography Award. Sweden.
2007 Legacy Award. Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington D.C.
2013 Naturata, Chobi Mela VII International Festival of Photography, Dakha, Bangladesh
2013 Graciela Iturbide, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
2013 Graciela Iturbide Retrospective, Tate Modern, London, UK
2013 Graciela Iturbide, MUSEF, La Paz, Bolivia
2013 Graciela Iturbide, Throckmorton Gallery, New York
2012 Frida’s bathroom. Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City
2011 Graciela Iturbide. MAPFRE Foundation
2011 Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
2010 ASOR. Rose Gallery, Santa Mónica, California, USA
2010 Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brasil