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[b 1942] is a Mexican photographer
The unconscious obsession that we photographers have is that wherever we go we want to find the theme that we carry inside ourselves. - Graciela Iturbide - Thanks to ExposureCompensation.com

Wherever we go we want to find the theme we carry inside ourselves. - Graciela Iturbide

When I’m taking pictures I even forget that I have a camera. When I shoot I forget about everything. Light comes, death comes, people go in and out in costume—and it’s like a play. - Graciela Iturbide

In a way my work is documentary. But I am also a photographer who has a distinct style. My photographs are a companion to the reality of the situation. - Graciela Iturbide

What the eye sees is a synthesis of who you are and all you have learned. This is what I would call the language of photography. - Graciela Iturbide

The camera is just a pretext for knowing the world. - Graciela Iturbide

I never use a telephoto lens. I need to be close to people. I need their complicity; I need them to be aware that I am there taking their picture. I hate paparazzi. - Graciela Iturbide

I do not understand what makes me take a picture. Cartier-Bresson talks about the “decisive moment,” the necessity to function with “lynx eyes and silk gloves.” Perhaps what happens when you press the shutter is an intuitive act infused with all you have learned. - Graciela Iturbide

Without the camera you see the world one way, with it, you see the world another way. Through the lens you are composing, dreaming even, with that reality, as if through the camera you are synthesizing who you are... So you make your own image, interpreting. - Graciela Iturbide

A photographer without imagination is not a good photographer. - Graciela Iturbide

The camera is an excuse to share the life of the people, the rhythm and simplicity of festivities, to discover my country. While using my camera I am, above all, an actress participating in the scene taking place at the moment, and the other actors know what role I play. I never think of my images as a project, I simply live the situations and photograph them; it is afterwards that I discover the images. - Graciela Iturbide

I don’t pretend to make my photographs speak the truth of what Mexico is all about. But in its villages I can feel the way culture is changing, and it’s fascinating to live through it and try to capture it on camera. - Graciela Iturbide

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