GRACIELA ITURBIDE was born in Mexico City in 1942. While studying cinematography at the National University of Mexico in 1969, she took a still photo-graphy class with Manuel Álvarez Bravo and then became his assistant for the next year and a half.
In 1979, she began her series on the culture of the Zapotecs of Juchitán—in particular the women—for which she received the Eugene Smith Award in 1987. Her work, which fuses her interest in traditional culture with a contemporary vision that reveals the symbolic power of images, has gained her enormous recognition in Mexico and all over the world. She has been honored with significant awards, including the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation Award.
Iturbide is considered one of the world’s finest photographers. Eyes to Fly With: Portraits, Self-Portraits, and Other Photographs by Graciela Iturbide (UT Press, 2006) was the ninth book in The Wittliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography Series. The Wittliff Collections house 260 images by Iturbide, one of the largest collections of her work in the U.S.