For photographer Graciela Iturbide, “the camera is just a pretext for knowing the world.” Her interest resides in what her eyes see and what her heart feels—what moves her and touches her. This evening lecture in the School’s Studio will present Iturbide’s expansive and prolific career as an artist and photographer. Iturbide is this year’s recipient of the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Infinity Award.
Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City. In 1969, at the age of 27, she enrolled at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to become a film director. She was, however, soon drawn to the art of still photography. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at museums in Mexico, the United States, and Europe and books of her work have been published internationally. Iturbide is the recipient of numerous prizes including W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation Award; the grand prize for the Mois de la Photographie in Paris; the Hugo Erfurth Award in Leverkusen, Germany; the International Grand Prize in Hokkaido, Japan; the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Award from the City of Arles, France; the Guggenheim Fellowship; the Hasselblad Award; and the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in Mexico City. In 2014, the National Council of the Arts in Mexico organized National Homage for her achievements in photography, which was accompanied by an academic degree at the Academy of the Arts.