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  • ICAA Record ID
    752377
    TITLE
    Sobre la fotografía = On Photography / By Tina Modotti
    IN
    Mexican Folkways (México, D. F., México). -- Vol. 5, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec., 1929)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 196-198 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English; Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Modotti, Tina. "Sobre la fotografía = On Photography." Mexican Folkways (Mexico City) 5, no.4 (October-December 1929): 196-198.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this text, Tina Modotti shows her way of understanding and evaluating photography based on an aesthetic and expressive search that went beyond merely pictorial canons. She clearly explains that it is important that images have clarity, forcefulness, and zero manipulation. Above all, Modotti maintains, photographers must let go of traditional principles to seek their own visual discourse. In short, this article deals with the highly developed, rationalized concepts related to avant-garde photography in the 1920s in Mexico when such concepts were being adopted through implementation of new technologies around the world.

Annotations

This is one of the most valuable texts available regarding Tina Modotti (1896–1942) in the Mexican historical archives and does the most to clarify her avant-garde stance on photography. In her own words, the Italian-born photographer sheds light on the solid concepts concerning the value of an image as testimony and documentation. Such ideas were remote from the pictorial values that were in ascendance at that time. Her conviction about the force of the photographic discourse—which Modotti learned at the side of her teacher Edward Weston (1886–1958)—and her own experiments including both art and documentary photography, make this article vitally important. This essential document allows comprehension of the basic precepts of avant-garde photography in the 1920s. It was undoubtedly from Mexico that these resident foreigners disseminated these precepts around the world. The article also explains Modotti’s significance in the work of other contemporary photographers: she created an important, lasting graphic genealogy.

Researcher
Rebeca Monroy : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of Denise Gosé, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
Location
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México