TinaModotti

    Mexican, photographer, Female model, actress, and 
    Revolutionary political activist.

 1897 b. Assunta Adelaide Luigia Modotti Mondini in Udine, Italy.
    Introduced to photography by her uncle, Pietro Modotti.

 1913 Sailed alone to New York then a train to join her father in San Francisco.

 1918 m Roubaix "Robo" de l'Abrie Richey, a poet and artist  and moved to Los Angeles.

 1920 Stars in Tiger's Coat. (See ->).

 1921 Meets and starts an affair with Edward Weston -> for whom she models.

 1922 Robo dies of smallpox.

 1923 Moves to Mexico with Weston who mentors her in Photography.
    Nude series ~>.

 1926 Weston moves back to California. 

 1927  Meets Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo who divided her career 
    as a photographer into two distinct categories: "Romantic" and "Revolutionary".
    Introduces Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera' with whom she had had an affair.
    Modotti was a great influence on his first wife Lola Alvarez Bravo.
    Joins the Mexican Communist Party meeting Xavier Guerrero ->,
    Julio Antonio Mella ->, 
    and Vittorio Vidali -> all of whom she has affairs with.

 1928 Diego Rivera paints The Arsenal -> which shows the love triangle of Modotti with
    Julio Antonio Mella ->, 
    and Vittorio Vidali ->.

 1929 Aquitted for the muder of Mella (which was probably done by, or ordered by Vidali).
    Dec; Her one-woman retrospective exhibition at the National Library was    
    advertised as "The First Revolutionary Photographic Exhibition In Mexico".
    Portrait of Ione Robinson ->.

 1930 Deported from Mexico. Travels to Germany, visits Switzerland.

 1931 Moved to Moscow. Stopped photographing.

 1932 Gives her camera away.

 1934 Possibly tries to enter Spain in Astorias but refused.

 1936 Travels to Spain with Vidali (Comandante Carlos Contreras) and joined the Anti-Fascists.
    Works in the Hospital Obrero de Cuatro Caminos in Madrid.
    Uses pseudonym María del Carmen Ruiz Sánchez
    Friend and works with Matilde Landa ~>.
    Batallón femenino del Quinto Regimiento.
    Dec. In Alicante

 1937 Feb. Worked with Canadian Dr. Norman Bethune ~> during the 
    disastrous retreat ~> from Málaga. 
    In Madrid meets with Robert Capa ~> and Gerda Taro ~>.

 1939 Returned to Mexico with Vidali, both under a pseudonym.

 1942 Jan 5th. d. Mexico City of a massive heart attack in a taxi returning 
    from dinner at home of Pablo Neruda. 
    Some still consider Vidali responsible for her death.

    Epitaph by Neruda: -
    Pure your gentle name, pure your fragile life,
    bees, shadows, fire, snow, silence and foam,
    combined with steel and wire and
    pollen to make up your firm
    and delicate being.

    See Tina Modotti -> and also -> and also bio ->.
    See  Tina Modotti homepage-> and in Spain (Sp) ~>.


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