Without the camera you see the world one way, with it, you see the world another way. Through the lens you are composing, dreaming even, with that reality, as if through the camera you are synthesizing who you are... So you make your own image, interpreting.
—Graciela Iturbide
In the fall of 2011, The Lapis Press and ROSEGALLERY invited Graciela Iturbide as an artist-in-residence to work on what was to become Criba del cielo. This limited edition portfolio of black and white pigmented ink prints features vividly textural views of Los Angeles. The series is comprised of six images angled toward the sky through various nets and fences evoking a type of sieve extracting heaven from the atmosphere. The suite inhabits the visceral minimalism that is unique to Iturbide's work.

Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942 and still lives and works there. She studied filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos where she met and apprenticed with legendary photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo, who inspired her to pursue photography. Her haunting imagery of the indigenous populations of Mexico gained international recognition for their stark yet elegant composition and emotional resonance, cementing her status as one of Latin America's celebrated photographers.

Iturbide has received numerous international awards, including the W. Eugene Smith prize for photography in 1987, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1988, and the Hasselblad Award in 2008. Her work has been featured in more than sixty gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide, including the permanent collections at the Musée National d'Arte Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Born in Mexico City, 1942
Lives and works in Mexico City


1969  Enrolled at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónama de México
1970-71  Worked as assistant to Manuel Alvarez Bravo


Naturata, Chobi Mela VII International Festival of Photography, Dakha, Bangladesh.
Graciela Iturbide, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico.
Graciela Iturbide Retrospective, Tate Modern, London, UK.
Naturata, Simón I. Patiño, La Paz, Bolivia.
Frida's bathroom, CAF, La Paz, Bolivia.
Graciela Iturbide, MUSEF, La Paz, Bolivia.
Graciela Iturbide, Throckmorton Gallery, New York.

Frida's bathroom. Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City.

Graciela Iturbide. MAPFRE Foundation.
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.
Rencontres D'Arles, France.

Frida's bathroom. Fototeca del Estado Juan C. Méndez, Puebla, Mexico.
ASOR. Rose Gallery, Santa Mónica, California, USA.
Graciela Iturbide. MAPFRE Foundation.
Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brasil.

Hasselblad Award Winner 2008.
Fotogalleriet, Photo Biennale, Malmo, Sweden.
Photographic Center of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Frida´s bathroom. López Quiroga Gallery, Mexico City.
Graciela Iturbide.
MAPFRE Foundation, Sala Azca, Madrid, Spain.
Mexico – Rome. Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico City.
Graciela Iturbide. Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain.
Graciela Iturbide, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.

Torrijos: The man and the myth. Americas Society, New York, USA.
Eyes to fly with. XV Encuentros Abiertos. Festival de la Luz. Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Celebration. Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA.

Frida Kahlo, Public Image, Private Life. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA.
Frida´s bathroom. Mexico City International Airport.
The goat's dance. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA.
Frida´s bathroom. Villasor. Fueddu E Gestu Theater, Sardinia, Italy. Roma.
Templo de Adriano, Rome, Italy.

Mozambique. Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
Images of the spirit. Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA.
Eyes to fly with. Wittliff Gallery, Austin, Texas.

Graciela Iturbide Retrospective. Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Naturata. Museo de Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Graciela Iturbide. Josef Sudek Chamber Gallery of Photography, Prague, Czech Republic.

Birds. Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA.
Intersections. SFCC Art Gallery, Moses Lake Museum, Washington, USA. Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, USA.
Eyes of the spirit. Blue Star Gallery, Texas, USA. Naturata. Lopez Quiroga
Gallery, Mexico City.

Images of the Spirit. Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Birds. Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA.

Birds. López Quiroga Gallery, Mexico City.

Images of the Spirit. Austin Museum of Art, Texas, USA. Stephen L. Clark Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA. Graciela Iturbide. Andersen Gallery, Rome, Italy.

Travel notebook. Photographic Center Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Images of the Spirit. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA. Parrish Museum of Art, Southampton, New York, USA. Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Images of the Spirit. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, USA.
Graciela Iturbide. Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland.
Visions of Mexico. Cleveland Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA.
Images of the Spirit. Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, USA.
Travel notebook. Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles, USA. Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City.

Holy Spirit. Graphic Studio, University of Florida, Fine Arts College, Tampa, Florida.
Images of the Spirit. Musée D'art Americain, Giverny, France. William Benton Museum of Art Storrs, Connecticut, USA.

Graciela Iturbide: Images of the Spirit. Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA.

Graciela Iturbide: La forma y la memoria. Contemporary Art Museum of Monterrey, MARCO, Nuevo León, Mexico. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City.

Graciela Iturbide. First Kwangju Bienniale, Kwangiu, Korea.

In the name of the father. Photo Optic Gallery, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Graciela Iturbide. Museum of Photography, Contemporary Art Center of the French Community in Belgium.
Graciela Iturbide. Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois, USA.

In the name of the father. Juan Martín Gallery, Mexico City.

Vision's: Graciela Iturbide. Le Mois de la Photo á Montréal, Maison de la Petite Patrie, Montreal, Canada.
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie. Chapelle du Méjean, Arles, France.
Graciela Iturbide. Museum of Photography, Seattle, California and Washington, USA.

Juchitán town of cloud. Cultural Center of Mexico in Paris, France. Museum of Photography, Hokkaido, Japan.
External Encounters, International Imaginings: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide. Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA.
Neighbors. Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA.

Juchitán, town of cloud. Side Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom. Camera Works, London, United Kingdom. Museo de Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Juchitán of the women. Juan Martín Gallery, Mexico City.

Juchitán. Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. Graciela Iturbide. Centro de Ricerca per l´Immagine Fotografica, Milan, Italy.

Juchitán. Casa de la Cultura de Juchitán, Mexico.

Graciela Iturbide. Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, France.

Graciela Iturbide. Casa del Lago, Mexico City.


Prize PhotoEspaña Baume & Mercier. Festival PhotoEspaña, Madrid.
Lucie Award for Achievement in Fine Art. New York City.

National Prize of Sciences and Arts, Mexico City.
Honorary Doctorate of Arts. San Francisco Art Institute.

Honorary Degree in photography. Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
The Hasselblad Foundation Photography Award. Sweden.

Legacy Award. Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington D.C.

Beveneto City Grant, Italy.

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor Prize. Denver, Arizona.

Award at the Rencontres Photographiques. Arles, France.

Awarded International Grand Prize. Hokkaido, Japan.

Hugo Erfurth Award. Leverküsen, Germany.

Guggenheim Fellowship for her project Fiesta y Muerte.
Grand Prize. Mois de la Photo in Paris.

W. Eugene Smith Award for the series: Juchitán. W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation.

Awarded prize for the series: El empleo o su carencia. UN- International Labor Organization.
Picture of the year, 2nd place ¨Magazine Feature¨ Award for the images on a Deaf Mute Gang. University of Missouri, School of Journalism, and the National Press Photographers Association.

Production Grant for a Photographic Essay: Recuerdos de Infancia. Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía, Mexico City.

Awarded Acquisition Prize. I Biennale of Photography, INBA, Mexico City.


Bert Hartkamp Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, Department des estampes et de la Photographie, Paris, France.
Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba.
Casa de la Cultura de Juchitán, Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Franco Fontana Collection, Milan, Italia.
Bert Hartkamp Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía, Mexico City, Mexico.
Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
Musee National D´Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA.
Riverside Museum of Photography, Riverside, California, USA.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA.
University of Parma, Parma, Italy. Gelman Collection, Mexico City, Mexico.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Collection, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom.
MAPFRE Foundation, Madrid, Spain.
Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, Colchester, United Kingdom.


Avándaro. Text by Luis Carrión. Mexico City: Editorial Diogenes.

Los que viven en la arena. Text by Luis Barjau. Mexico City: INI-Fonapas.

En el nombre del padre. Text by Osvaldo Sánchez. Mexico City: Ediciones Toledo.

Sueños de papel. Text by Verónica Volkow. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, Colección Río de Luz.

Juchitán de las Mujeres. Text by Elena Poniatowska. Mexico City: Ediciones Toledo.

Fiesta und Ritual. Texts by Erika Billeter and Veronica Volkow. Switzerland: Benteli Werd Verlags A.G.
Graciela Iturbide: La forma y la memoria. Text by Carlos Monsiváis. Monterrey: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, MARCO.

Graciela Iturbide, Images of the Spirit. Texts by Alfredo Lopez Austin and Roberto Tejada. New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc.

Graciela Iturbide. Text by Cuauhtémoc Medina. London: Phaidon.

Pájaros. Texts by José Luis Rivas and Bruce Wagner. Santa Fe: Twin Palms Publishers.

Graciela Iturbide habla con Fabienne Bradu. Conversaciones con fotógrafos. Madrid: La Fábrica, Fundación Telefónica, PHE Photoespaña.
Woman A Celebration. Edited by Peter Fetterman. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Naturata. Text by Fabio Morábito. Mexico City / Paris: Galería López Quiroga and Toluca Editions.

12 days en Mozambique. Catalog for the exhibition. Photography Festival of Rome, Italy.
Graciela Iturbide. Madrid: Tf Editores.
Graciela Iturbide: Eyes to fly with / Ojos para volar. Texts by Fabienne Bradu and Alejandro Castellanos. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Graciela Iturbide: Roma. Catalog for the exhibition. Texts by Elisabetta Rasy and Marco Delogu. Photography Festival of Rome. Rome: Zoneattive Edizioni.
Graciela Iturbide: Juchitan
. Text by Judith Keller. Los Angeles: Paul Getty Museum.

El baño de Frida Kahlo. Mexico City: Editorial RM and Galería López Quiroga.
Graciela Iturbide. Texts by Marta Dahó, Juan Villoro and Carlos Martín García. Madrid: MAPFRE Foundation.

Graciela Iturbide: Asor. Electroacoustic work by Manuel Rocha Iturbide. Göttingen: Little Steidl.
Graciela Iturbide: Juchitán de las mujeres: 1979-1980. Mexico City: Editorial RM and Calamus Editorial.

Graciela Iturbide: Mexico – Roma. Mexico City: Editorial RM.
Graciela Iturbide: No hay nadie / There is no one. Text by Oscar Pujol. Madrid: La Fábrica.
Graciela Iturbide.
Texts by Michel Frizot and Robert Delpire. Paris: Lunwer and PhotoPoche.

Graciela Iturbide. Catalog for the exhibition. Mexico City: Museo Amparo and Editorial RM.




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