Author(s): Rachel Kirby
Modotti was known for her unique documentary style of photography and was profoundly influenced by the post-revolutionary cultural and political fervour in Mexico and it is her photos of that country for which she is most well-known. Whilst living in LA she worked with photographer Edward Weston, developing her own skills as a fine art photographer, she then moved to Mexico and became involved with the art scene surrounding Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Julio Antonio Mella, photographing many of Rivera's murals and is herself featured in many of them.
Tina Modotti (1896-1942) was one of the most outstanding photographers of the 20th century. Initially influenced by Edward Weston, Modotti developed a unique documentary style and became internationally recognized for her photographs of Mexico. Deeply involved in the revolutionary movements of her time, she was a contemporary of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She died at the age of 46.
Rachel Kirby is a graphic artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She was the coeditor of "America, My Brother, My Blood" featuring the work of Ecuadoran artist Oswaldo Guayasamin and Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.