Join the LAII, Honors College Alumni Association, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center for a special evening with author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña as they discuss their newest collaboration, the amazing graphic novel, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide.The novel documents the life and work of the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide.
In addition to its English edition, the book has also been released in a Spanish-language edition titled Iguana Lady: La vida de Graciela Iturbide.
According to the publisher (Getty): "Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942, the oldest of thirteen children. When tragedy strikes Graciela as a young mother, she turns to photography for solace and understanding. From then on Graciela embarks on a photographic journey that takes her throughout her native Mexico, from the Sonora Desert to Juchitán to Frida Kahlo's bathroom, to the United States, India, and beyond. Photographic is a symbolic, poetic, and deeply personal graphic biography of this iconic photographer. Graciela's journey will excite young readers and budding photographers who will be inspired by her resolve, talent, and curiosity."
The publisher has put together a wealth of resources for teachers looking to share this book with their students, including videos that document Iturbide's work as a photographer, the process for how Quintero and Peña put together this beautiful graphic novel, and classroom ideas. Educators can also access an extensive digital preview of the text to share with their students.
Copies will be available for sale courtesy of the UNM Bookstore.
Quintero and Peña formerly collaborated on the YA novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces.
Praise for Photographic
“The biggest question in creating a graphic novel about a photographer might be how to use the artist’s photographs themselves, if at all. It would have been injudicious to produce a biography without Iturbide’s memorable photos of a goat-slaughtering ritual in Mexico or her stunning portraits of Mexican natives and landscapes. Quintero and Peña strike a good compromise, featuring many of Iturbide’s photographs as a complement to the biography, but without being dependent on them. The result is a book that expertly combines various aspects to become something utterly unique.”
"[Graciela] Iturbide’s artistic vision and story are conveyed with poetry, a simple sophistication, and a dollop of bold swagger."
-Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library and author of Camp So-and-So and Dead to Me
“This extraordinary biography captures the poetry of Graciela Iturbide’s photography. The brilliant pairing of Isabel Quintero's words and Zeke Peña’s art creates a graphic novel that evokes the process and meaning of what it is to create. Highly recommended!”
-Cathy Camper, author of Lowriders in Space and Lowriders to the Center of the Earth
“It is a rare feat when a writer and illustrator are able to capture the creative magnitude of an iconic photographer. With poetic prose by Isabel Quintero and luminary illustrations by Zeke Peña, the stunning biography Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide will guide readers through a compelling visionary journey. Photographic is a worthy homage to an important and influential photographer and will stand alone as a truly creative piece of work.”
-Lilliam Rivera, author of The Education of Margot Sanchez
“In a mixture of prose, poetry, photography, and very cool graphic dibujos, award-winning author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Pena guide us in and out of iconic Iturbide photographs and defining moments in lturbide's life. . . . This is a wonderful book for both YA and adult readers alike.”
“[This] graphic novel is a 96-page journey through Iturbide’s artistic life, guided by poetic prose, original photographs, and black-and-white illustrations. . . . Photographic is a biography unlike any of its predecessors.”