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Tina Modotti snippet
Tina Modotti was a "leftist" who once playfully described her profession as "men."
Tina Modotti
Tina Modotti (August 16 (or 17) 1896 – January 5, 1942), was born Assunta Adelaide Luigia Modotti Mondini in Udine, Italy. She was a photographer, model and silent film actress.
Modotti is thought to have been introduced to photography as a young girl in Italy, where her uncle, Pietro Modotti, maintained a photography studio. Years later in the U.S., her father opened a similar studio in San Francisco, where her interest undoubtedly developed further. However, it was her relationship with Edward Weston that was to allow her to gravitate upward to become a world class photographer.
Together they opened a portrait studio in Mexico City and were commissioned to travel around Mexico taking photographs for Anita Bremmer’s book, "Idols Behind Altars." During this time she also became the photographer of choice for the Mexican mural movement, documenting the works of José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.