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  • TINA MODOTTI I T A L I A N P H O T O G R A P H E R

    A U G U S T 1 6 , 1 8 9 6 - J A N UA R Y 5 , 1 9 4 2

    By Meredith Giltner

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Edward Weston, 1924.

    Italian photographer, active in Mexico. She emigrated to the USA in 1918 and met Edward Weston in 1921, moving with him to Mexico City in 1923. There he taught her photography.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Frida Kahlo, 1927.

    Both Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti were artists working in Mexico in the aftermath of the Revolution, during a period of general cultural awakening and social change.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    ! Most of Tina Modotti's work that is known to the photography world was

    done in Mexico in the years 1923

    through 1926, when she lived and

    worked with Edward Weston. She

    apparently continued to work after 1926,

    at least until 1930, when she was

    deported from Mexico for Communist

    activity Mellas Typewritter, 1928.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Staircase, 1924-1926.

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    Interior of Church Tower, 1924.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Convent of Tepotzotlan, Mexico. 1924.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Telephone Wires, Mexico 1925. Folds of Cloth, 1924.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Cactus, 1925. Calla, 1927.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Cactus Flower, 1926.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Roses, 1925.

    The softness of the petals against the form of the rose is very inviting. The shape of the petals and the rhythm of the circular pattern they make draws the eye to see where the edge of the image is. The image really emphasizes the delicate nature of the roses. The balance and unity is very well done.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    Calla Lily, 1924-1926.

    The contrast in this image is very soft. The value between the white and greys enhances the selective focus. The form of the Calla Lily and the movement of the petal draws your eye Into the picture. The lack of color makes this a strong image.

  • TINA MODOTTI

    ! The contrast of this picture is more about the black and white aspects of the

    flower. The softness of the white part of

    the flower breaks up the image into thirds.

    While one may focus on the flower, the

    actual leaf and stem show value and form.

    The lines in this image paly a role in how

    one looks at it.

    Easter Lily and Bud, 1925.

  • WO R K I N S PI R E D B Y TINA M O DO TTI

    Cactus, 2015.

  • WO R K I N S PI R E D B Y TINA M O DO TTI

    Flower Series #1 and #2, 2015.

  • WO R K I N S PI R E D B Y TINA M O DO TTI

    Star Cactus, 2015.

  • RESOURCES

    ! Slide #1 ! Tina Modotti at an exhibition of her work at the National Library in Mexico City, 1929 Courtesy Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images.

    ! http://www.manifestajournal.org/issues/fungus-contemporary/place-out-history

    ! Slide #2 ! Edward Weston, 1924. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=22&template_id=1&sort_order=1

    ! Slide #3 ! Frida Kahlo, 1927. ! http://www.fridakahlo.it/en/modotti.php

    ! Slide #4 ! Text from John Szarkowski, Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art

    ! Mellas Typewritter, 1928. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=29&template_id=1&sort_order=1

  • RESOURCES CONT

    ! Slide #5 ! Staircase, 1924-1926. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=8&template_id=1&sort_order=1

    ! Slide #6 ! Interior of Church Tower, 1924.

    ! Slide #7 ! Convent of Tepotzotlan, Mexico. 1924. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=20&template_id=1&sort_order=1

    ! Slide #8 ! Telephone Wires, Mexico 1925. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=2&template_id=1&sort_order=1

    ! Folds of Cloth, 1924. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=1&template_id=1&sort_order=1

  • RESOURCES CONT.

    ! Slide #9 ! Calla, 1927. ! http://imgkid.com/tina-modotti-photographs.shtml

    ! Cactus, 1925. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=23&template_id=1&sort_order=1

    ! Slide #10 ! Cactus Flower, 1926. ! http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/7948671

    ! Slide #11 ! Roses, 1925. ! http://www.masters-of-photography.com/M/modotti/modotti_roses.html

    ! Slide #12 ! Calla Lily, 1924-1926. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=19&template_id=1&sort_order=1

    ! Slide #13 ! Easter Lily and Bud, 1925. ! http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4039&page_number=3&template_id=1&sort_order=1