Flor Garduño




Flor Garduño is one of Mexico’s leading photographers, whose work is inspired by the people, landscape, literature and art of her native country. Garduño was born in Mexico City in 1957, but grew up on a farm not far from the capital from the age of five. Growing up in a rural community enabled her to have contact with nature. This deeply personal relationship with nature and the Mexican landscape would go on to play an integral role in her later work.

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Early Life

Garduño studied visual art at the Antigua Academia de San Carlos (UNAM), where she was taught by Hungarian photographer Kati Horna. Horna’s spiritual and distinctive images acted as a source of early inspiration for Garduño. In 1979, she gave up her studies to work as a darkroom assistant for the celebrated photographer, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, for whom she printed portfolios in both silver and platinum. Working for Bravo taught her both technical skill and influenced her aesthetics.

Photographic Career

In 1981 she began working at the department of Public Education under the supervision of photographer Mariana Yampolsky. During this time she visited Mexico’s countryside to photograph rural communities for primary school textbooks. Deeply touched by the difficulties faced by the indigenous population that she encountered on her travels, Garduño has since sought to reference traditional Mexican life, iconography and folklore in her work.

Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Garduño has published several books, the first of which, Magia del Juego Eterno, was published in 1986. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, the Bibliothèque National de France, Paris and the Museum Ludwig, in Cologne. She has also been the recipient of a Kodak award for her book Witnesses of Time.