Photographic
Graciela Iturbide was born in México City in 1942, the oldest of 13 children. When tragedy struck Iturbide as a young mother, she turned to photography for solace and understanding. From then on Iturbide embarked on a photographic journey that has taken her throughout her native México, from the Sonora Desert to Juchitán to Frida Kahlo’s bathroom, to the United States, India, and beyond. Photographic is a symbolic, poetic, and deeply personal graphic biography of this iconic photographer. Iturbide's journey will excite readers of all ages as well as budding photographers, who will be inspired by her resolve, talent, and curiosity.  

Photographic Details

TitlePhotographic
Author
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
ISBN-139781947440005
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Art, Photography, Biography, Graphic Novels Comics

Photographic Review

  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    I found it interesting to see how this woman, Graciela Iturbide, saw the world as a writer, a photographer, an artist. How she understood it through her lens.What I loved the most was how she travelled all around the word and tried to capture things that weren’t usual, things that people didn’t care to look at, didn’t care to see. That was beautiful.What was also beautiful was the way this depicted womanhood: people who identify as women, different women, beautiful women no matter what.There was I found it interesting to see how this woman, Graciela Iturbide, saw the world as a writer, a photographer, an artist. How she understood it through her lens.What I loved the most was how she travelled all around the word and tried to capture things that weren’t usual, things that people didn’t care to look at, didn’t care to see. That was beautiful.What was also beautiful was the way this depicted womanhood: people who identify as women, different women, beautiful women no matter what.There was power in her photographies, something you can’t quite catch but a real atmosphere.3.75Thank you Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Michelle Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    "I choose photography over tradition." Photographic is a graphic novel following the life of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, someone that I, unfortunately, didn't know about until reading this. Actually, that is precisely why I picked this up. A successful, female, Mexican photographer? Of course I had to check it out!Before saying anything else, I need to mention that I am Mexican. Born and raised. Reading about Graciela Iturbide and what she has been doing way before I was alive, was "I choose photography over tradition." Photographic is a graphic novel following the life of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, someone that I, unfortunately, didn't know about until reading this. Actually, that is precisely why I picked this up. A successful, female, Mexican photographer? Of course I had to check it out!Before saying anything else, I need to mention that I am Mexican. Born and raised. Reading about Graciela Iturbide and what she has been doing way before I was alive, was just mind-blowing. Knowing that she was able to follow her dreams in a time and place where her only job was to have children has left me speechless. Following her journey has taught me so much I didn't know about my own country, my own culture. So much that we don't talk about. This simple, yet beautifully drawn novel momentarily talks about the resilience of Mexican families and culture in the United States; the strength and power of women in parts of Mexico that are less patriarchal; and the strength, inclusion, and celebration of muxes in Juchitan. "In Juchitan, womanhood is not weakness; it is unapologetic." This graphic novel not only includes these amazing revelations and gorgeous illustrations but it also includes stunning photographs taken by our very own Graciela Iturbide. Someone who not only has taught me so much about my country but also has made me feel free. Someone who has made me appreciate photographs much more.
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  • Jenny Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy to read and review from NetGalley Clearly based on the cover, this book is full of gorgeous art. However, this book is in black and white, because that is what photographer Graciela Iturbide believes reality is - black and white. This is around 90 or so pages of a very brief history of the rise and work of Graciela Iturbide. The pages are a mix of simplistic comics composed of interviews done with Graciela, as well as a few of her actual photographs. There is additional I received a digital copy to read and review from NetGalley Clearly based on the cover, this book is full of gorgeous art. However, this book is in black and white, because that is what photographer Graciela Iturbide believes reality is - black and white. This is around 90 or so pages of a very brief history of the rise and work of Graciela Iturbide. The pages are a mix of simplistic comics composed of interviews done with Graciela, as well as a few of her actual photographs. There is additional information about her life as well as references to additional reading material provided after the comic portion is completed. I love this concept. I love the ability to learn about someone new to me in a graphic novel form, and I love that her work was incorporated into this book. This was really well done and I hope to see way more books published like this. I'm definitely feeling inclined to learn some more about Graciela Iturbide, and view more of her photographs.
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  • Rogene Carter
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely gorgeous and absolutely unforgettable.
  • Victoria Waddle
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to learn that Isabel Quintero wrote a new YA book because my students had enjoyed Gabi: A Girl in Pieces so much. (I only use the past tense because I retired; they are most likely still enjoying it.) However, it wasn’t until I went to a reading event last weekend in Riverside, where Quintero was one of the authors, that I realized the new book is not a novel, but graphic nonfiction.Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide was commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Ange I was excited to learn that Isabel Quintero wrote a new YA book because my students had enjoyed Gabi: A Girl in Pieces so much. (I only use the past tense because I retired; they are most likely still enjoying it.) However, it wasn’t until I went to a reading event last weekend in Riverside, where Quintero was one of the authors, that I realized the new book is not a novel, but graphic nonfiction.Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide was commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, I imagine, because Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide deserves to be known by young people. Since Quintero is a poet as well as a fiction and nonfiction writer, she was a great choice to bring this book into the world. Her language is a perfect for the discussion of creative vision. Zeke Pena illustrated the book and he does a beautiful job. (You may recognize him as the cover artist for Gabi.) Some of Iturbide’s photos are included beside Pena’s black and white illustrations.Iturbide’s story begins with her path of marriage and motherhood, a typical journey for a Catholic girl from a conservative Mexican family in the 1960s. In fact, a typical path for many young people throughout history. However, she was always creative; she was restless. She decided on the path of a photographer, using only black and white film because it expresses reality for her. This choice is not an easy one, as Quintero reminds the reader. “Do you know how painful sacrifice can be? Graciela gave up a life of comfort and convention—choosing instead the path of the artist and risking everything.” Iturbide had the opportunity to work with other very talented photographers including Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who showed her that photographs should not be staged, but rather waited for. It takes talent to catch the right moment, and Iturbides does it regularly, becoming famous and having the opportunity to travel the world. She documents her vision through many cultures “where ritual is survival. How else can culture be held onto?” Even in her native Mexico, she encounters the women of Juchitan and sees freedom from patriarchy that she couldn’t have imagined in her conservative upbringing.While Iturbide is a renowned photographer, I’m sorry to say that I had never heard of her until I read this book. Happily, both Quintero and Zeke had seen and been influenced by stagings of her photographs years ago. They knew they were the right people to bring Iturbide’s story to a younger generation. And, happily, to me, too.High school housekeeping: I recommend Photographic to all teens. Since it’s a graphic novel, the illustrations aid the emergent reader. For those reading at grade level and above, the the story of sacrifice and creativity will inspire. For artists, there are the illustrations. For photographers, there are nice details about finding a subject and making it art. For poets and writers, there is the lovely language.
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  • Petra
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Before requesting this book I didn't know anything about Graciela Iturbide and if it wasn't for the camera on the cover I wouldn't even know she is a photographer. I know little to nothing about photography and I was never interested in learning more. I don't know what pulled me to request this biography because I usually don't read non-fiction and if I read it, it's about someone I'm really interested in. I think it was becau I was provided an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Before requesting this book I didn't know anything about Graciela Iturbide and if it wasn't for the camera on the cover I wouldn't even know she is a photographer. I know little to nothing about photography and I was never interested in learning more. I don't know what pulled me to request this biography because I usually don't read non-fiction and if I read it, it's about someone I'm really interested in. I think it was because I've never seen biography being done in the format of graphic novel. And I think this one was beautifully done and I'm happy to have a chance to read it. Writing was really poetic and pictures told beautiful story on their own. My only complain is that it felt a little too cold and objective and I wanted to know more about Graciela, not only about her art and where she traveled.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Quintero and Peña’s artfully crafted graphic biography of Graciela Iturbide glides readers back and forth through Iturbide’s life, circling and briefly roosting in the locations where Iturbide graciously engages others through her camera. Quintero guides readers through direct address. Her poetic prose brings into focus the life of one of Mexico’s preeminent photographers with precise diction and powerful imagery. As if in conversation with Quintero, Iturbide narrates her own story in prose unhi Quintero and Peña’s artfully crafted graphic biography of Graciela Iturbide glides readers back and forth through Iturbide’s life, circling and briefly roosting in the locations where Iturbide graciously engages others through her camera. Quintero guides readers through direct address. Her poetic prose brings into focus the life of one of Mexico’s preeminent photographers with precise diction and powerful imagery. As if in conversation with Quintero, Iturbide narrates her own story in prose unhindered by quotation marks. Peña’s black and white drawings resonate with the twenty-five photographic images by Iturbide included in the book. Through Peña’s frequent perspective changes and repeated presentation of birds and Iturbide and her cameras, readers come to understand: “Bird is dream is camera is self is life.”
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  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this short graphic biography about the life of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. The Getty Museum has done an outstanding job of pulling together an award winning writer and graphic artist to bring this story to print. The book includes 25 of Iturbide's mythical photographs including "Our Lady of the Iguanas," "Magnolia Juchitan," and "Angel Woman." Treat yourself to this gorgeous foray into the life and art of an amazing Mexican artist.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    The art of this graphic novel is beautiful, but it barely compares to the photographs taken by Graciela Iturbide. I was astonished that I'd never heard of this amazing photographer and incredibly glad that the authors of this volume provided a list of references for exploring her work. The photos are gorgeous, even when the subject matter is a bit rough. (I was not, for example, prepared for a beautifully composed but still disturbing shot of someone holding a slaughtered goat.) I can't recommen The art of this graphic novel is beautiful, but it barely compares to the photographs taken by Graciela Iturbide. I was astonished that I'd never heard of this amazing photographer and incredibly glad that the authors of this volume provided a list of references for exploring her work. The photos are gorgeous, even when the subject matter is a bit rough. (I was not, for example, prepared for a beautifully composed but still disturbing shot of someone holding a slaughtered goat.) I can't recommend this book strongly enough as an introduction to Iturbide's life and photographs.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Not a photographer I was familiar with. This a stunningly creative depiction of her evolution as an artist, a mix of story, poetry, photos, and graphic novel.
  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I didn’t know this photograph before but I was happy to get to know her through this very interesting comic book.I really liked this format for biographies, it really helped me focus on it, while I fall asleep reading usual biographies……
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    A graphic novel biography of an innovative photographer best known for her photos of Mexican communities.The text in this reads like poetry. It’s a lyrical explanation for how Iturbide sees the world and what motivates her. It’s a poetic explanation of the various cultures and places she’s photographed and how they’ve influenced the way she sees the world (and how she hopes she’s influenced the world to see these cultures). It’s actually pretty deep for a nonfiction book. I can see literature cl A graphic novel biography of an innovative photographer best known for her photos of Mexican communities.The text in this reads like poetry. It’s a lyrical explanation for how Iturbide sees the world and what motivates her. It’s a poetic explanation of the various cultures and places she’s photographed and how they’ve influenced the way she sees the world (and how she hopes she’s influenced the world to see these cultures). It’s actually pretty deep for a nonfiction book. I can see literature classes having a great time analyzing this text and teasing out its literary devices. For that reason, this is a graphic novel best appreciated by those mature enough to follow and parse the text and understand the significance of Iturbide’s photographs. I can see less mature readers getting lost in the complexity. (There’s also frequent phrases in Spanish so the reader either needs the ability to read Spanish, use context clues to figure out the meaning, or have the patience to frequently pull out a translation app.) The illustrations are all in black and white in honor of Iturbide’s preference to work in only black and white photographs. Some of her actual photographs are included and many of the illustrations replicate or give nods to other photographs. A fascinating read. Recommended to literature classes, those interested in Mexican cultural studies, art classes, and photographers.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content or decency issues. (Though erotic art is mentioned at one time, but not explained at all and not shown.) Slaughtering goats is photographed with some illustrations of the killing, some description of the blood in the text, and two actual photos that aren’t bloody.I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  •  pagesofteastains
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NeTGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Her wings are spread and her eyes are always ready to fly.""Photography reveals flocks of birds with unclipped wings moving inside me. The incessant fluttering is the sinew that holds my limbs together. Their chirping releases the shutter. I am a bird and not a bird. I am a woman and then a bird. Or a bird and then a woman. It doesn't matter. What matters is this: the lens gives me bird sight. With it, I am made aware of many angles of ARC provided by NeTGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Her wings are spread and her eyes are always ready to fly.""Photography reveals flocks of birds with unclipped wings moving inside me. The incessant fluttering is the sinew that holds my limbs together. Their chirping releases the shutter. I am a bird and not a bird. I am a woman and then a bird. Or a bird and then a woman. It doesn't matter. What matters is this: the lens gives me bird sight. With it, I am made aware of many angles of truth." I love reading books that introduce me to things I never knew of before, in this case, I am sad to say I had never heard of Graciela Iturbide before. The graphic novel is short and explores the life and beginnings of Graciela's work. The graphics are beautiful and I loved the actual photographs inserted after a graphic illustration, it almost made it feel like the book came to life? It was cool.The book was inspirational and enlightening. I loved how Graciela interprets her work and isn't afraid to take risks and travel. Isabel Quintero did a fantastic job carrying the message across and I hope we get to see more graphic novels like this about real life people. I loved it and would definitely recommend you pick it up.
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  • Goreting
    January 1, 1970
    Photographic is a biography of Graciela Iturbide told in graphic form. I found it to be a very enjoyable read and, even though I was surprised to see that the inside content of the book was black and white, I feel that it was a good creative choice, given that Iturbide always shot in black and white.I admit I had never heard of her before reading this, but I'm glad I did, as it gave me a very interesting perspective on her creative process and the way she saw life in general.There were various t Photographic is a biography of Graciela Iturbide told in graphic form. I found it to be a very enjoyable read and, even though I was surprised to see that the inside content of the book was black and white, I feel that it was a good creative choice, given that Iturbide always shot in black and white.I admit I had never heard of her before reading this, but I'm glad I did, as it gave me a very interesting perspective on her creative process and the way she saw life in general.There were various themes depicted in her photography throughout the years, since she often drifted towards what she felt was calling to her, per se. This book not only describes Iturbide's life, but offers much more than that. It provides views on culture, tradition, freedom, creativity and nature.The writing of Isabel Quintero was very poetic (I presume also to match the mind of Iturbide herself), and Zeke Peña's illustrations were very good, invoking the feeling of the photographer's art.
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  • Vinayak Hegde
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful biography of Mexican photographer Gabriela Iturbide. The artwork is evocative and interspersed with some surreal photographs like the lady with a headgear of multiple iguanas. It also covers her journeys in Mexico (Oaxaca, Sonora, Juchitan) as well as India. I only wish the book were a little longer with more photographs but it does a good job in the short read. The artwork is somewhat photorealistic in some places which is appropriate considering that the work is about a pho This is a beautiful biography of Mexican photographer Gabriela Iturbide. The artwork is evocative and interspersed with some surreal photographs like the lady with a headgear of multiple iguanas. It also covers her journeys in Mexico (Oaxaca, Sonora, Juchitan) as well as India. I only wish the book were a little longer with more photographs but it does a good job in the short read. The artwork is somewhat photorealistic in some places which is appropriate considering that the work is about a photographer. Gabriela is metaphorised like a bird in the book always restless and flitting from place to place capturing her photographs. She is a contemporary of famous Mexican artists such as Riviera, Kahlo and Toledo.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    This is an exquisite work, encompassed in less than 100 pages and chronicling snapshots of the life of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. In deference to the black and white photography that is the signature of Señora Iturbide, this biography is illustrated in grayscale. For me, this book is mesmerizing in the succinct narrative that accompanies the graphics, which simultaneously invites introspection while delivering metaphysical treasures. It is as though the reader is both the template a This is an exquisite work, encompassed in less than 100 pages and chronicling snapshots of the life of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. In deference to the black and white photography that is the signature of Señora Iturbide, this biography is illustrated in grayscale. For me, this book is mesmerizing in the succinct narrative that accompanies the graphics, which simultaneously invites introspection while delivering metaphysical treasures. It is as though the reader is both the template and the imprint borne from it. In spite of this book’s brevity, the author and illustrator were able to distill and transfigure Señora Iturbide’s philosophy and worldview, and give form to an abstraction – not unlike a captured photograph within a frame – and did so magnificently.
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    This is a biography of Graciela Iturbide which was beautifully told in graphic novel form. The gorgeous illustrations drew me in, and the story kept me interested. I loved that this book included a few snip-its of the Iturbides work, and the story behind some of her most famous photos. I will definitely be suggesting this to all my non-fiction graphic novel loving friends, as well as asking my local library to consider picking up a copy or three for our community to enjoy as well.I received this This is a biography of Graciela Iturbide which was beautifully told in graphic novel form. The gorgeous illustrations drew me in, and the story kept me interested. I loved that this book included a few snip-its of the Iturbides work, and the story behind some of her most famous photos. I will definitely be suggesting this to all my non-fiction graphic novel loving friends, as well as asking my local library to consider picking up a copy or three for our community to enjoy as well.I received this ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tesha Ham
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC in exchange for my review; however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.Absolutely spectacular! The combination of graphic art and real photographs create a deeper connection to Graciela Iturbide's tale and path through life. It allows readers of any age to feel closer to the subject of this graphic novel style biography and I honestly feel like this is the best way to have portrayed her life.
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  • D.
    January 1, 1970
    I loved learning about Graciela Iturbide. She's a photographer I had, unfortunately, not heard of before now. I loved that the storytelling mixed beautiful line art with actual photography. I really love birds and photographs of birds so this book inspired me to look up Iturbide's work. I was really grateful this book did a wonderful job of introducing me to a creative woman from another culture. Loved it!
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  • Victoria Peipert
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the mixed method used in this book. The poetic first person narrative mixed with illustrations and the photographers real pictures made this a really unique and enjoyable book to read. I really enjoyed the style and learning more about Graciela Iturbide as well - I will be definitely looking into more of her work as well now!
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  • Elen
    January 1, 1970
    Photographic es una maravillosa manera de acercarse a la vida y obra de la fotógrafa Graciela Iturbide. De una forma poética a través de texto y atractivamente ilustrada vamos descubriendo los misterios y las pasiones de la vida fotográfica de esta gran artista. Muy recomendable, en especial para público joven amante de la fotografía.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I was previously unaware of Graciela Iturbide and her work, and now I am fairly obsessed. Searching out her books tout suite. I also need more books by Isabel Quintero.Many thanks to Harry N. Abrams and NetGalley for a copy of this book.
  • Y.S. Stephen
    January 1, 1970
    Photographic is a layout of Graciela Iturbide's childhood background, her past works, and the philosophy behind how and why she takes pictures.WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT?Photographers, writers, painters, and other creatives can benefit from a master photographer's insights about her motivations, how she sees, and her work preparation.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ITLearning about what drives us is a lifelong occupation. However, elderly artists have more experience and more valuable things to say about thi Photographic is a layout of Graciela Iturbide's childhood background, her past works, and the philosophy behind how and why she takes pictures.WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT?Photographers, writers, painters, and other creatives can benefit from a master photographer's insights about her motivations, how she sees, and her work preparation.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ITLearning about what drives us is a lifelong occupation. However, elderly artists have more experience and more valuable things to say about this since they've come way up the road. It is a privilege to catch a glimpse how Graciela perceives herself in relation to she photographs. For me, it is clear see why she's had a long career and still keeps going despite her age.Many thanks to Getty Publications for review copy.
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  • R. Bonne
    January 1, 1970
    The artwork is lovely and I savored every illustration.Thanks NetGalley for a free copy of this book.
  • Elia
    January 1, 1970
    This spoke to me in a deep way. I am still processing it, because as a Mexican woman it hit me deep to read about a fellow Mexican woman who has become internationally renowned for her art and her vision of our very unique culture. There just are not enough books like this ESPECIALLY in beautiful graphic novel form that incorporates both the artists actual works with new images interpreted by a new author. Definite recommend!
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  • Susie Wang
    January 1, 1970
    This is the biography of a photographer, Graciela Iturbide. The graphic style of this book matches her art style perfectly. The illustrations are beautiful and the authentically portrays the places Graciela photographs.The fascinating life that Graciela lived and her goals to capture the souls of the world was really moving and inspiring. Especially for young women and women who feel like their lives need some changes. I feel like this might give them the courage to peruse their dreams.This make This is the biography of a photographer, Graciela Iturbide. The graphic style of this book matches her art style perfectly. The illustrations are beautiful and the authentically portrays the places Graciela photographs.The fascinating life that Graciela lived and her goals to capture the souls of the world was really moving and inspiring. Especially for young women and women who feel like their lives need some changes. I feel like this might give them the courage to peruse their dreams.This makes a great gift to women and aspiring photographers.
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  • Nessa [October Tune]
    January 1, 1970
    Photography has always been one of my favourite things to do - I used to run around with the 'family' camera when I was a kid until I got my very own. I wanted to become a professional photographer, but then other things got in the way and stopped photographing (I didn't stop taking pictures though, but I used my phone instead of my camera). When I saw this graphic novel on NetGalley, I decided I wanted to try it out, even though I had never heard of this particular photographer before. I loved Photography has always been one of my favourite things to do - I used to run around with the 'family' camera when I was a kid until I got my very own. I wanted to become a professional photographer, but then other things got in the way and stopped photographing (I didn't stop taking pictures though, but I used my phone instead of my camera). When I saw this graphic novel on NetGalley, I decided I wanted to try it out, even though I had never heard of this particular photographer before. I loved the artwork very much, and what I loved most of all was that they added some of Graciela's pictures in the book as well. I was very intrigued by her life story, and this book certainly made me want to look up more of her photography - which I will do in the future. What it mostly did was make me want to pick up my camera again!
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    With lyrical words from Isabel Quintero, insightful illustrations by Zeke Pena, and striking photos from Graciela Iturbide, this book impresses with how it illuminates this radical trailblazer's path!
  • J.D. Dehart
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. A piece of art, quite simply put. Photographic includes illustrated panels, like any high-quality comic or graphic novel. Where this book goes even further is in providing photos and superb prose that provides context about its subject. Interesting, and beautifully done.
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  • Cande
    January 1, 1970
    Content warning: death of animalsPhotographic is a biographic graphic novel about Mexican artist, Graciela Iturbide. The comic follows the trauma that pushed her to find hope through the camera, learning to take photos with different Mexican artists, traveling to highlight Latinx pride. It is an inspirational, heartbreaking story about finding strength and beauty in the world. I didn't know her before reading Photographic, but I'm fascinated with her work now. Also, the graphic novel is wonderfu Content warning: death of animalsPhotographic is a biographic graphic novel about Mexican artist, Graciela Iturbide. The comic follows the trauma that pushed her to find hope through the camera, learning to take photos with different Mexican artists, traveling to highlight Latinx pride. It is an inspirational, heartbreaking story about finding strength and beauty in the world. I didn't know her before reading Photographic, but I'm fascinated with her work now. Also, the graphic novel is wonderful. The story flows nicely and the art is breathtaking. Definitely a must-read.Recevied a copy through NetGalley in exchange an honest review.
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