Object photography

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Object description

  • Graciela Iturbide (Mexican, birth 1942)
  • Self-portrait of Childhood, 1984
  • Gelatin silver print
  • Mexico
  • H: 19.5 in, W: 24.25 in (H: 49.5 cm)
  • Museum purchase, 1999
  • E300407


This is a black and white photograph of a little girl. She is holding the hand of a person who is outside of the frame of the image. She is wearing a white dress and socks and sandles with a tiara on her head. They are walking up a rocky slope outside. The girl is dressed up for the feast day in San Miguel Arcangel, Mexico. Further Remarks: Feast day is now a light-hearted festival but originally was a pre-Hispanic pilgrimage. Children dress as angels and ghoulish brides, while adults wear costumes of skeletons or political figures.