Print Room are pleased to share with you their latest feature on Flor Garduño.
Flor Garduño is one of Mexico’s leading fine art photographers, whose work is inspired by the native people, landscape, and literature of her country.
Born in Mexico City in 1957, Garduño grew up on a farm close to city. She studied visual art at the Antigua Academia de San Carlos, where she was taught by the Hungarian photographer Kati Horna whose poetic and atmospheric pictures were an early inspiration. In 1979 she began working as a darkroom assistant to the celebrated Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo, for whom she printed portfolios in both silver and platinum. Working for Bravo taught her both technical skill and influenced her aesthetics.
After working for Bravo Garduño embarked on a career as a photographer. While Horna and Bravo influenced her technique and approach to photography, a formative experience in 1981 influenced her choice of subject matter. She was commissioned by the Secretariat of Public Education to photograph rural communities for primary school text books. In the process she and her colleagues travelled the breadth of the Mexico where they saw the difficulties faced by traditional, indigenous Mexicans. This experience left a deep impression on Garduño, and ever since she has sought to reference traditional Mexican life, folklore and iconography in her pictures.