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Graciela Iturbide on Dreams, Symbols, and Imagination (The Photography Workshop Series)

Graciela Iturbide on Dreams, Symbols, and Imagination (The Photography Workshop Series)

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In this volume of The Photography Workshop Series, Graciela Iturbide—known for her portraits and landscapes imbued with poetic ambiguity and documentary truth—explores photographing in ways that employ a deeply personal vision, while also reflecting subjects’ rich cultural backgrounds.

Aperture works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography—offering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers of all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Through images and words, Iturbide shares her creative process and artistic inspirations, and discusses a wide range of issues, from the importance of surprise and recognizing what speaks to you, to capturing symbolism and meaning in the everyday.


Graciela Iturbide (born in Mexico City, 1942) is one of the most celebrated and prolific figures in photography, best known for her powerful photographs of Mexico. Her work is collected in museums around the world, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tate Modern, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. She has published several monographs, including Images of the Spirit (Aperture, 1996), Eyes to Fly With: Portraits, Self-Portraits, and Other Photographs (2006), and Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico (2019). She has won the prestigious Hasselblad Award, as well as the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alfonso Morales Carrillo is a writer, curator, and editor, known for his work organizing and researching photographic archives. He has written numerous articles and essays on photography in Mexico and coordinated national and international exhibitions on a wide range of topics related to Mexican popular culture, from circus to cinema. He graduated from Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales and Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, and is a founding member of the Centro de Información Gráfica at Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico City.

Mauricio Maillé has developed audiovisual projects in photography and cinema for museums, public spaces, editorial publications, and digital platforms for twenty-five years. He has worked as an organizer, curator, editor, and exhibition designer; he has also served as director of visual arts at Fundación Televisa, where he designed more than fifty exhibitions and collaborated in the creation of new museums and cultural spaces.

Title: Graciela  Iturbide on Dreams, Symbols, and Imagination
Publisher: Aperture, 2022
Photographer: Graciela Iturbide
Authors: Texts by Graciela Iturbide, introduction by Alfonso Morales Carillo

Editors: Alfonso Morales Carrillo, Mauricio Maillé

Graphic Design: Ann Griffin
Format: Softcover
Size: 19.5 x 25.5 cm, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781597113700

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