Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Juchitan De Las Mujeres. 1979-1989.

Juchitan De Las Mujeres. 1979-1989. Photographs by Graciela Iturbide. Text by Mario Bellatín, Elena Poniatowska. RM/Editorial Calamus, 2009. 104 pp., 75 tritone illustrations, 8½x14¾". Images from photo-eye.

Graciela Iturbide is a Mexican photographer, who's work has "become synonymous with Mexican culture in all its diversity". I very much like her work, and have previously featured this, this and this book.

Book description:

" 'Juchitan de Las Mujeres' is a reprisal of her 1989 masterwork, comprising ten years of travels along the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, near Southern Oaxaca, where she lived among the pre-Columbian Zapotec culture indigenous to the remote region.

With new design and excellent production quality, this volume, which features many previously unpublished photographs, is a visual record of the daily life of an ancient culture in flux, through portraits of its people and glimpses into the Zapotecs’ attitudes toward sexuality, ritual, death and the role of women.

Revealing some of the finest examples of Iturbide’s enduring themes - the clash between urban and rural life, ancient and modern life - it includes a foreword by celebrated Mexican novelist, Mario Bellatín."

A limited edition of 'Juchitan De Las Mujeres' is available. It features "an original 12.3 x 7.55 in photograph printed on silver gelatine, signed and numbered by the author. Housed in a handmade clamshell box."

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