An editor sits at her desk correcting page proofs with a pencil

Getty Publications editor Ruth Evans Lane marks up proofs for an upcoming graphic novel based on the life of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide.

A young-adult graphic biography is in progress about Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. The work of the much-celebrated photographer ranges from depictions of indigenous groups in Mexico to contemplative still lifes from India; one of her most unforgettable images is the so-called Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas of Oaxaca.

While not a traditional biography, the graphic novel, written by Isabel Quintero and illustrated by artist Zeke Peña, will be the first book in English about Iturbide’s life story and the first book about the photographer intended for a young-adult audience. Responding to the call for increased diversity in children’s publishing made by the We Need Diverse Books initiative, editor Ruth Evans Lane and her colleagues are eager to bring Iturbide’s fascinating work and life to young readers.

The graphic novel is a first for Getty Publications, but it is the second Getty title on Iturbide, after Graciela Iturbide: Juchitán (2007). It will be released in September 2017 on the occasion of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Iturbide’s work will be featured in two PST:LA/LA shows, Radical Women at the Hammer Museum and Revolution and Ritual at Scripps College.

Read more about the process of the book’s creation and look inside Graciela Iturbide’s studio in this Getty Around the World feature.

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