There is nothing in the world like finding your true calling and making a living from it. The sad reality is most of us usually settle as our passions rarely call us to such rare air. The very few who are fortunate to do it, especially in the arts, inspire us all to pickup that pen, that pencil to put on those shoes, to pick up a microphone or pick up that camera. Then there are things that happen in your life, which puts a pause in your life.
When one loses a family member, it becomes difficult to live life again. Most people feel like they are living a nightmare, one where they are hoping they are just sleeping. This is never easy, and most are never the same, as they may smile occasionally, but not the same way ever again. These emotions run their course all throughout Graciela Iturbide’s life in Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide.
We meet Graciela, as she discovers photography, as something her father enjoys as she inadvertently inherits her passion for the camera. It is not until a few years later, that the death of her daughter, causes her to seek the meaning of life. Within her quest, she picks up the camera again, through documenting life around her. By books end, she not only discovered herself but what it means to be a citizen of the world and the responsibility it entails.
Overall, an excellent book, which shows in the darkest moments of your life, sometimes those glimmers of light can be closer than you think. Iturbide’s life story as told by Isabel Quintero is epic, heartfelt and awe inspiring. The at by Zeke Peña is glorious and lifelike. Altogether, a great graphic novel that highlights one of the world’s best photographers.
Story: Isabel Quintero Art: Zeke Peña
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy