Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Written by Isabel Quintero
Illustrated by Zeke Peña

Discover the power of images through the photography of Graciela Iturbide. Born in Mexico, Iturbide blazed her own path in the photography scene of the 1970s to become one of the most accomplished photographers in the world.

Her journey is the central focus of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, written by Isabel Quintero and illustrated by Zeke Peña. Photographic is a graphic biography of Graciela’s journey.

Preview the first two chapters of the book and explore educational resources that include two short videos, lesson plans that align with Common Core standards, and a set of companion discussion questions.

Interest Level: Ages 12 and up | Lexile® measure: 690L | Genre: Young adult biography | Themes: Arts and photography, gender roles, Latin America, grief, cultural, identity, storytelling


Discover Graciela Iturbide's award-winning photography and the themes of cultural discovery that run through her work.


Learn how Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña adapted Graciela Iturbide's life and work into a graphic biography, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. Then create your own stories.


Dive deeper into Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide with educational resources designed to complement Common Core curriculum in your classroom. The lesson plans and activity sheets will engage young readers with creative activities that explore the narrative power of art and literature.

Neighborhood Myths Lesson Plan (PDF)

Book Discussion Questions (PDF)

Additional Photography Lesson Plans

Getty Around the World Page

Artist Zeke Peña on Illustrating Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Author Isabel Quintero on Writing Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide's Photographs


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