The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
This article attempts to show Tina Modotti’s creative and artistic side during the media coverage that she endured in the difficult time following the assassination of her life partner and comrade in militancy, Julio Antonio Mella, who founded the Cuban Communist Party in 1925. The article includes two of her photographs taken during that critical time in her life; one is of a washing line and the other captures a mother breastfeeding her child. The article is an expression of the editorial staff’s support for Modotti.
This article is of great interest due to the author’s attempt to portray the Italian photographer Tina Modotti (1896-1942) in a favorable light. Referring to her importance as a member of Mexico’s cultural milieu, this anonymous writer burnishes her image—which had become so tarnished during the investigation into Julio Antonio Mella’s murder—by writing about her artistic, creative nature. The article also strives to introduce her work to a wider audience, and to identify her as a spokeswoman for working women with strong revolutionary convictions.