Garduno, Flor

Mexican (1957-)

Raised on a farm among all sorts of plants and animals, Flor Garduno found that her early contact with nature imbued her with an interest in capturing the life cycle in her body of work. From 1976-78, she studied the visual arts at the university, but her intense interest in composition using existing forms and structures soon led her to pursue photography. She dropped out of school in 1979 and became a darkroom assistant for Manuel Alvarez Bravo, believing that she’d get a first-rate education under the local master.

During the early 80s, Garduno was employed by a textbook company to take pictures for their history books. She traveled throughout Mexico, becoming more familiar with its small towns, local customs and indigenous folklore. Amazed by the variety of cultures and rituals, Garduno themed her first solo show around what she discovered along the way. Not only was she impressed by villages teeming with life, but she also noticed the Mexicans’ fascination with death: in images, ceremonies and traditions. She spent the next few years chronicling this obsession, resulting in her first book in 1985. Since then, Garduno has exhibited and published around the world, recognized for a body of work paying homage to her country.