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Graciela Iturbide
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Tickets to this event can be purchased at the door. $10 for the general public. $5 for students.
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About Graciela Iturbide
Graciela Iturbide photographs everyday life, almost entirely in black-and-white. Inspired by the photography of Josef Koudelka, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado and Álvarez Bravo, her photos capture the daily life of Mexico's indigenous cultures in Mexico City, Juchitán, Oaxaca and on the Mexican/American border (La Frontera).

Iturbide is a founding member of the Mexican Council of Photography. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in many major museum collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The largest collection of original prints in the United States is located at the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University. She has won the W. Eugene Smith prize for photography (1987), a first prize award from France's Mois de la Photo, and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988). In 2008, she received the Hasselblad Foundation Photography Award.

Iturbide was born in Mexico in 1942, the eldest of thirteen children. She then married the architect Manuel Rocha Díaz in 1962 and had three children over the next eight years. Iturbide's six year old daughter died in 1970; after this death she turned to photography. She studied at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where she met her mentor, the teacher, cinematographer and photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo. She continues to live and work in Coyoacán, Mexico.

For a complete bio, please visit the PhotoAlliance event page.

About the PhotoAlliance
PhotoAlliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation, and creation of contemporary photography. PhotoAlliance is an affiliate of the San Francisco Art Institute. 

Photo caption: La Nuestra Senora de las Iguanas (Our Lady of the Iguanas), Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1979