Graciela Iturbide is one of the great contemporary photographers of Mexico. As a protégé of the modernest master Manuel Alvarez Bravo, she worked as his assistant before starting her own career in photography in the early 1970's. Working mostly in large-scale documentary projects, she was commissioned in 1978 by the Ethnographic Archive of the National Indigenous Institute of Mexico to photograph Mexico's indigenous population. The resulting project photographing the Seri Indians yielded one of her most iconic works, Mujer ángel, Desierto de Sonora in 1979. She has worked in her native Mexcio as well as Cuba, East Germany, India, Madagascar, Hungary, Paris and the United States. She was the recipient of the W Eugene Smith grant in 1971 and the prestigious Hasselblad award in 2008.