Tina Modotti: Photographer and Revolutionary Paperback – 31 Aug 2000
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Hooks (a Mexico-based journalist) offers a well-researched, deeply sympathetic, and superbly illustrated biography of the passionate Tins Modotti (1896-1942), whose love of Communism, photography, and men made her a legend in her own time. Modotti emigrated in 1913 from Italy to San Francisco, where she found a niche in theatrical circles, but her marriage to artist Robo Richey soon took her to Hollywood and a brief movie career. Then her close relationship with photographer Edward Weston - as his model, lover, and, ultimately, apprentice - gave more of an outlet for her talent than either her marriage or the movies and, after her husband's death in Mexico, she and Weston went there to experience their own artistic awakening. They contributed to the creative ferment fed by Mexico's political turbulence, but their happiness was short-lived, with Weston returning to the US alone. Modotti - who became the favorite photographer of the muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco - took part increasingly in the revolutionary struggles sweeping the country, but when, in 1929, her exiled Cuban Communist lover was assassinated at her side on a Mexico City street, the ensuing publicity branded her as immoral and she rapidly became persona non grata. Expelled from Mexico, she journeyed through Germany to the Soviet Union, working eventually as a Communist field operative in Spain during the Civil War but abandoning photography entirely. In 1939, Modotti returned secretly to Mexico, only to die mysteriously three years later. A bit marred by unleavened prose, but a thorough account in words and photographs of an exceptional woman whose tragic life was nevertheless one of uncommon achievement. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Some, however, have begun to awaken his memory by dedicating songs and published on Youtube. Maybe someday this book will be translated into Italian or Friulian his native language.The book has already been translated in 9 languages but not yet in italian. Isn't that funny? The house where she born, somebody wanted to do a museum dedicated to her but unfortunately, the last owner, a widow, left this house to the church which doesn't want to hear about this project.So, the Modotti's story is going on.