I am feeling very thankful that this book exists and thankful that I get to spend time with it. That is exactly what I’m looking for in a book these days and all of my picks on this page meet those criteria. This one is at the top of my list for a reason; it is a real treasure and it is what I would want to be gifted.
Embracing every aspect of Modotti’s brief but stellar career and filled with archival images and insightful essays, this is certain to be the definitive reference work on a photographer whose art was suffused with humanity, emotion, compassion and technical brilliance.
Tina Modotti’s work spans less than a decade, but in that time she created uniquely powerful and lyrical images that combine masterful technique with a deep concern for the rights of the poor and marginalized.
Organized thematically, this sweeping overview of her life and oeuvre offers gorgeous reproductions of her portraits, still lifes, architectural images, and documentary photographs. The wide- ranging and substantial biographical material offers important and illuminating background about her experience in the theater and silent film industry, her relationship with Edward Weston and friendships with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, her political radicalization and her activism around worker’s rights and Mexico’s indigenous peoples.
Uniquely adept at spanning the genres of abstraction and landscape, portraiture and photojournalism, Modotti was as talented as she was passionate. This tribute to her life and work firmly establishes her as one of the most important photographers of her time.
About the Author
ISABEL TEJEDA teaches art history at the University of Murcia, Spain.
JORGE RIBALTA is a Spanish curator, art critic, and photographer.
ROSA CASANOVA is a researcher at the National Museum of History, Mexico City, Mexico.
LAURA BRANCIFORTE teaches contemporary history at the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain.
CLAUDIO NATOLI is a professor of history in Italy. EVA Mª VIVES graduated in performing arts and international relations and is the exhibition coordinator of photography at Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona/Madrid, Spain.