by Willard Manus
The Getty has also published another unusual photography book, JUCHITAN by Graciela Iturbide. It depicts the Indian women of Juchitan, a small city in Oaxaca which the author calls "a mythical place that had been visited by Cartier-Bresson, Eisenstein, Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo." Beginning in 1979, Iturbide hung out in the public market and, over the next decade, took black & white pictures of "the big, strong, politicized, emancipated, wonderful women" who worked, congregated and shopped there.
These matriarchs "like to walk embracing each other" she writes. "They are big women with iron calves. Man is a kitten between their legs, a puppy they have to admonish...They walk touching each other, playfully. They trade roles, they grab men who watch them from behind the fence, fondling them as they curse the government and, sometimes, men themselves."