National Spotlight: Graciela Iturbide

THE magazine | THE magazine - November 8, 2013

Etla, Oaxaca, 2005

Graciela Iturbide is one of the most influential Latin American photographers of our time, representing the complexities and beauty of Mexican cultures in her striking, black-and-white images. Iturbide is known for Angel Woman, a photograph of a Seri woman in the Sonoran desert, carrying a tape player around the crest of a hill with her long white skirt billowing behind her—a picture she would have overlooked had her editor not noticed it, she said in a recent interview with the London Guardian, calling it “a present from the desert that surprised me.” But Iturbide’s oeuvre isn’t limited to her home country. Her photographs of stray dogs in India, the bleak landscape of the American South, and myriad other subjects represent a rich range of movement and stillness. Iturbide has won multiple awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work is exhibited in museum collections around the world. An exhibition of Iturbide’s work runs from Thursday, November 14 through Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Throckmorton Fine Art, 145 East 57th Street, New York City.