© Tina Modotti / Photology
© Tina Modotti / Photology
© Tina Modotti / Photology

TINA MODOTTI

Tina Modotti was born in Udine, Italy in 1896. After a struggling childhood in poverty, in 1913 she moved to San Francisco where she started her career as an actress. While in California, she met the photographer Edward Weston. Through her personal relationship with him, Tina  Modotti developed her fine art photography skills. In 1923 Modotti and Weston moved to Mexico where she became the photographer for the blossoming Mexican mural movement, documenting the works of José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Since 1927, Tina Modotti became more and more politically involved (she joined the Mexican Communist Party that year) and found her focus shifting from “pure photography” to a more social and documentary sensibility, thus most of her work has become politically motivated. Her photographs influenced by the Mexican Revolution feature a simple imagery of rural Mexican life, with a strong emotional and poetic power.She died misteriously in 1942 in Mexico City. Photology exhibited her works for the first time in Milano in year 2000. In 2009 Under the Mexican sky by Pino Cacucci is the first novel ever published by Photology (book available for sale), bringing to Italy (for its premiere launch) rare vintage prints for collectors.