Graciela Itrubide was born in Mexico in 1942. She became interested in the everyday life of Mexico’s indigenous cultures and began photographing life in Juchitán, Oaxaca and on the Mexican/American frontier (La Frontera.) Her first experience as a “professional” photographer was in 1979 when she was asked by a Mexican man to document his village in the Sonoran Desert. This experience helped inspire her feministic views which have since played important rolls in her photographs.
The image below from her well known series titled “Señora de Las Iguanas”, (“Our Lady of the Iguanas”) represents the matriarchal society of Juchitan, Oaxaca. This somewhat haunting image becomes far more compelling when it is taken into consideration that it reflects a non-Hispanic, pre-catholic Mexico and becomes an important element of better understanding the county and culture.
Graciela Itrubide is the founding member of the Mexican Council of Photography and currently lives and works in Coyoacán, Mexico. Her work is internationally recognized and is included in major museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has won the W, Eugene Smith prize for photography in 1987, the Hasselblad Foundation Photography Awards in 2008 and was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988.