London: Pandora/HarperCollins, 1993. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's green cloth, spine stamped in metallic copper, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.
Definitive illustrated biography of Italian photographer, activist and model Modotti by writer Margaret Hooks. Modotti immigrated to California at 17, where she appeared in numerous Hollywood productions, and met famed photographer Edward Weston. He became her lover and mentor; she agreed to run his new Mexico City portrait studio for free in exchange for professional mentorship, eventually becoming a full partner in the business. She began photographing the milieu of Mexico City with portraits, urban landscapes and still-lives, often blending her developing political views with formal explorations. Modotti stayed in Mexico after her relationship with Weston ended and became a member of the circle of David Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and other left-wing radical figures. Her commitment to political reform and opposition to Fascism eventually led to her being exiled from Mexico in 1931, marking the end of her photo career. At 45 years old she died suddenly (and rather mysteriously) in a Mexico City cab on her way home from Pablo Neruda's house. Hooks incorporates archival material, interviews with Modotti’s contemporaries and many rare photographs. With notes and select bibliography. Corners bumped and light foxing to top edge of text block. Very good. Item #2618