Graciela Iturbide

Images of the Spirit
by Graciela Iturbide
Publisher's Description
Iturbide's singular vision blends the passions of Frida Kahlo and Manuel Alvarez Bravo with the intuitive, precise seeing of Cartier-Bresson. Her images of Mexican villagers explore the rich territory between ethnographic, descriptive photography and surrealism, and at times Magical Realism. The first major retrospective monograph on this important Mexican photographer, Images of the Spirit accompanies a travelling show originating at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Review
The title of Aperture's new book, Images of the Spirit does not do justice to the resounding photographs of Graciela Iturbide. There is nothing ethereal about this work. Iturbide deals heartily with the issues of sameness and difference. Sun-cracked earth contrasts with playing children, stark walls with elaborate alters, everyday life with special celebration. These oppositions represent deeper conflicts in the nature of land and body. Although the work is black-and-white, beautifully printed in duotone, the bright red of sacrificial blood, the colorful skirts, and murals seem to appear in full color.
ISBN: 0893816817
Publisher: Aperture
Hardcover : 128 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
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