Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Teen Tuesday: Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero. Illustrated by Zeke Peña. 96 p. Getty Publications, March, 2018. 9781947440005. (Review of finished copy borrowed from the public library.)

I am not sure I ever read a biography written in the first person. This short but lyrical and intimate portrait of Mexican photographer/ artist Graciela Iturbide is strangely compelling. The photographer only shot in black and white and the illustrations are in black, white and grey. They also incorporate some of the photographer's portraits. 

Iterbide left a life of privilege and wealth to pursue her art. She also objects to various interpretations of what she is trying to say. Her photos are haunting and her life is compelling. This short graphic novel biography is entrancing and should intrigue teen readers.

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