Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
From 1923 to 1926 Modotti and Edward Weston lived and worked together in Mexico City, operating a portrait studio to support their artistic endeavors. This brief period was characterized by an intensity of formal and technical exploration, as both sought to distill poetic essence from abstracted or fragmentary glimpses of the everyday. Here the well-trodden planks of a humble staircase inspired a modernist investigation of line and tone. By 1926 their collaboration had run its course, and Modotti began to explore social and political themes motivated by her involvement in the Communist Party.
Inscription: Signed [?] and inscribed on print, verso UL: "Foto de Tina Modotti"; inscribed on print, verso UR: "9.F.L."; inscribed on paper label attached to print, verso UR: "CAT // 133"; inscribed on print, verso LC: "a 16 cts [layout arrows to left and right edges]"; stamped in ink and inscribed on print, verso CR [sideways]: "N·m de Registro..... // N·m de la Orden Fot-70 [number inscribed]";
[Edwynn Houk to Waddell, March 25, 1985]; John C. Waddell, New York