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Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942. She studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the Department of Cinema (1969-72) and worked as assistant to photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1970- 71). She has been exhibited in many single artist and group shows, but the following are among the most significant: Graciela Iturbide: Images of the Spirit (Retrospective, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1997-98); Graciela Iturbide: La forma y la memoria (Retrospective, Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996); En el nombre del padre (Galería Juan Martín, Mexico City; Galería Foto Óptica, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Museo de Arte Moderno, Río de Janeiro, Brazil, 1993); External Encounters, Internal Imaginings: The Photographs of Graciela Iturbide (Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 1990); Juchitán pueblo de nube / Juchitán, Cloud Village (Toured Argentina, England, Japan, 1987-1998); Eyes to Fly With: Portraits, Self-Portraits and other photographs (The Wittliff's Southwestern & Mexican Photography Series, UT Press, 2006). Among the many honors she has received are the following: Premio de Adquisición in the First Photography Biennial, Mexico City, 1980; W. Eugene Smith Award, 1987-88; Guggenheim Fellowship Award (1988); the Gran Prix Mois, 1988; The Hugo Erfurth Award, 1989; the Hokkaido Prize, 1990; the Prix Rencontres Photographiques, 1991 and most recently, the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation Award in 2008. She lives in Mexico City.
Click here to take a poetic journey with Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide as she imparts to filmmaker Alejandro Gómez the personal and cultural themes that inform her artistic vision and thread throughout her work.