Book Review: Photographic – the life of Graciela Iturbide

Book Review: Photographic – the life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela IturbideIsabel Quintero & Zeke PenaISBN# 978-1-939100-09-2
Getty Publications10/24/2017

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What the Book’s About

Photographic is a graphic novel biographical telling that follows Ms Iturbide as she deals with tragedy and moves forward trying to find herself. She takes a journey as a photographer to several countries as she becomes an icon.

First Impressions

What drew me to Photographic was the cover art. I just had to know what story the book was going to tell. When I read about Graciela Iturbide in the book’s synopsis, I was very intrigued to find out more. What tragedy struck? Why did she travel the world? How famous or renowned did she become? Did she settle down again with a family? I knew I had to read the book to find out.

What I Liked

I really enjoyed the artist’s take on Graciela and her photographs. The illustrations are beautiful. In addition, Graciela’s photography is haunting. My favorite images are the ones she took of people. I think my absolute favorite story is the one about Juchitan. Her travels and life seem rather fascinating!

What I Didn’t Like

I had a difficult time following the narration and it felt really disjointed to me. I struggled to understand the meanings behind a lot of it. I felt it was meant to be poetic but I still lacked the ability to understand it. I also found a few of the pages’ text to be difficult to read.

Follow Up Thoughts & Feelings

This book is very interesting! I do recommend the book to people who really like graphic novels and are interested in Mexico or photography. I would caution that if you aren’t into very metaphorical illustrative dialogue, the narration in the book may be difficult to understand.


I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Getty Publications and authors Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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