Tina Modotti

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Tina Modotti
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'Sickle, Bandolier & Guitar'. ca. 1927

From factory worker in California to silent film actress, Tina Modotti (Italy, 1896 – Mexico, 1942) worked in quite the variety of jobs until she found her true profession (and passion). In 1923 she moved to Mexico with her mentor Edward Weston and began documenting the murals of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros, commissions from the government, which sought to minimise European colonial tradition and enhance pre-Columbian history. Without sacrificing the aesthetic, Modotti began to carve her own personal style portraying architecture and the life of the indigenous population.

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