Details

Title

Mujer ángel / Angel Woman, Sonora Desert

Artist/Maker

Graciela Iturbide (Mexican, born 1942)

Date

1980

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

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Credit

Purchase with funds from Louise S. Sams

Accession #

2013.158

On View

Currently not on view

After studying to be a filmmaker, Graciela Iturbide turned to photography and started working as Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s assistant. She then began traveling around Mexico, documenting the lives and customs of the country’s Indigenous peoples. In this surreal image, a Seri woman traverses a desert landscape. As Iturbide described it, “I went with a group to a cave where there are indigenous paintings. I took just one picture of this woman during the walk there. I call her Mujer Ángel because she looks as if she could fly off into the desert. She was carrying a tape recorder, which the Seris got from the Americans, in exchange for handicrafts such as baskets and carvings, so they could listen to Mexican music.”