Graciela Iturbide is sometimes called a ‘magical realist’ photographer. This is a mistake, says the introduction to this book (Graciela Iturbide 55 Phaidon, ISBN 0 7148 4024 6); a sign of the exoticism with which the Western eye looks at indigenous cultures. Rather, she is an imaginative, lyrical and realistic photographer who integrates into her pictures the lives and rituals of the indigenous people of her country, Mexico. This is one of Phaidon’s excellent new 55 series of pocket photo books, each focusing on the work of an individual, exceptional artist. Very reasonably priced, packed with images and informative captions, they deserve to sell like hotcakes.
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