— Mexico City, 1942
Graciela started working as the assistant of Manuel Alvarez Bravo at the age of 26 in her native Mexico City. Her first solo exhibition, dedicated to the Zapotec people, and particularly the women, was followed by a series of shows, held at venues ranging from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen in Rome during the first FotoGrafia Festival, which consecrated her as the quintessential visual narrator of the cultural identity of the Mexican people.
Deeply inspired by the work of Koudelka, Cartier-Bresson and Salgado, Graciela Iturbide has recently turned her attention to other cultures, as in this latest photo report on Mozambique. Her awards include first prize at the National Fine Arts Institute’s Photography Biennale for her portfolio entitled El Empleo o su carencia, the W. Eugene Smith Award and first prize at the fifth Mois de la Photographie in Paris. In 2007 she was invited by the Rome Commission to portray the city and in 2008 she won the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.