Cameron, Julia M.
Coburn, Alvin L.
Talbot,William H. Fox
Fine Art, Portraiture
Biography: Tina Modotti was a remarkable woman and an
outstanding photographer whose legendary beauty and relationships
with famous men have until now eclipsed a life integrally linked
to the most important artistic, political and historical developments
of our century.
In 1913 Tina Modotti left her native Italy for San Francisco,
becoming a star of the local Italian theatre before marrying the
romantic poet-painter Roubaix de I'Abrie Richey. By 1920, she
had embarked on a Hollywood film career and immersed herself in
bohemian Los Angeles, beginning an intense relationship with the
respected American photographer, Edward Weston. On a trip to Mexico
in 1922 to bury her husband, she met the Mexican muralists and
became enthralled with the burgeoning cultural renaissance there.
Increasingly dissatisfied with the film world, she persuaded Weston
to teach her photography and move with her to Mexico. Her Mexico
City homes became renowned gathering places for artists, writers
and radicals, where Diego Rivera courted Frida Kahlo. Turning
her camera to record Mexico in its most vibrant years, her photographs
achieve a striking synthesis of artistic form and social content.
Her contact with Mexico's muralists including a brief affair with
Rivera, led to her involvement in radical politics.
In 1929, she was framed for the murder of her Cuban lover, gunned
down at her side on a Mexico City street. A scapegoat of government
repression, she was publicly slandered in a sensational trial
before being acquitted. Expelled from Mexico in 1930, she went
to Berlin and then to the Soviet Union, where she abandoned photography
for a political activism that brought her into contact with Sergei
Eisenstein, Alexandra Kollontaii, La Pasionaria, Ernest Hemingway
and Robert Capa. Returning to Mexico incognito in 1939, she died
three years later, a lonely - and controversial - death.
(Tina Modotti - Photographer and revolutionary by Margaret
More on Tina Modotti:
Home Page of Modotti's work on the Internet.
Modotti on the Web
Excellent site with Several Links to Modotti's work.
Modotti's Radical Beauty
Biography of Tina Modotti.
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