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Tina Modotti, photographer and revolutionary / Margaret Hooks

Author:
Hooks, Margaret  Search this
Subject:
Modotti, Tina 1896-1942  Search this
Physical description:
x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Photography, Artistic
Place:
Mexico
Italy
Date:
1993
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Call number:
TR647.M688 H7 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_455355

Helga Teiwes photograph collection

Photographer:
Teiwes, Helga  Search this
Names:
Arizona State Museum  Search this
Gila River Indian Reservation (Ariz.)  Search this
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah  Search this
Extent:
3775 negatives (photographic)
3126 slides (photographs)
433 Photographic prints
196 Transparencies
16 Linear feet
Culture:
Apache -- San Carlos  Search this
Akimel O'odham (Pima)  Search this
Hopi  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Rarámuri (Tarahumara)  Search this
Tohono O'Odham  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Negatives (photographic)
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Negatives (photographic)
Slides (photographs)
Photographs
Place:
Cuzco (Peru)
Machu Picchu Site (Peru)
Peru
Arizona
Mexico
New Mexico
Date:
1965-2002
Summary:
The Helga Teiwes photograph collection contains over 7,000 negatives, slides and prints made by Teiwes between 1965 and 2002. For over thirty years Teiwes worked as a staff photographer for the Arizona State Museum, photographing and documenting Native American communities across the American Southwest. During this time, Teiwes also privately took photographs and built personal relationships among members of the Akimel O'odham, Tohono O'odham, Apache, Diné (Navajo) and Hopi tribes. These photographs include portraits of artists at work, families in their homes, daily life on the reservation, special events and landscape photography. Additionally, the Teiwes collection includes photographs from a 1975 trip to Peru and photographs of the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) community in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Scope and Contents:
The Helga Teiwes photograph collection contains over 7,000 negatives, slides and prints made by Teiwes between 1965 and 2002 across the American Southwest, Mexico and Peru. The majority of the photographs document daily life and activities, artists at work, and special events among members of the Akimel O'odham, Tohono O'odham, Apache, Diné (Navajo) and Hopi tribes in Arizona and New Mexico. A smaller amount of photographs documents trips Teiwes made to Mexico to photograph the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) community in Chihuahua and a 1975 summer trip to Peru. The collection is arranged into seven series with additional subseries.

Series 1, Akimel O'odham (Pima), 1965-1993, 2001, contains photographs mostly taken among the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona. These include intimate portraits, landscape views and views of farming and agriculture. Of particular note are photographs of Patricia "Pat" Stone and her family and basket weaver Julia Francisco. The majority of the photographs in Series 2, Apache, 1973-1994, are from two San Carlos Apache coming of age ceremonies, or "Changing Woman" ceremonies, from 1992 and 1994. The 1992 ceremony for Leia Tenille Johnson was held in Whiteriver, Arizona and the 1994 ceremony for Vanessa Jordan of Bylas, Arizona. A selection of 50 photographic prints from these ceremonies were later exhibited in "Western Apache Sunrise Ceremony" at the University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology. The largest series, Series 3, Diné (Navajo), 1969-2002, is divided into seven subseries by topics. This includes artists and artisans, families and individuals across the Navajo Nation, industry and agriculture, trading posts and markets, places, schools, and other topics. Of particular note are the photographs of the Greyeyes family from Tsegi Canyon, Arizona. In addition to photographing matriarch Bessie Salt Greyeyes at home with family, weaving, cooking, shopping around town and herding sheep and goats, Teiwes accompanied Pete Greyeyes to work at the Peabody Coal Mining Company. Other places and events of note include photographs of Monument Valley, Window Rock, seat of the Navajo Nation, the Hubbell and Shonto trading posts and the 1990 graduation from Navajo Community College (Now Diné College).

Series 4, Hopi, 1968-2002, highlights the work and artistry of Hopi basket weavers. Many of the photographs in this series were included in Teiwes's 1996 book Hopi Basket Weaving: Artistry in Natural Fibers. Coiled basket weavers from the Second Mesa include Madeline Lamson, Joyce Ann Saufkie, Evelyn Selestewa and Bertha Wadsworth, among others. Wicker basket weavers from the Third Mesa include Eva Hoyungowa, Abigail Kaursgowva, Vera Pooyouma and Vernita Silas, among others. Teiwes also photographed additional artists and events on the Hopi reservation including Maechel Saufkie's 1995 wedding. Series 5, Peru, 1975 includes photographs from Teiwes's 1975 summer trip to Peru. Teiwes visited and photographed several pre-Colombian archaeological sites including Sacsahuaman and Machu Piccu in addition to photographing in larger cities such as Cuzco, Lima and Quito (Ecuador). A large number of photographs in this series are from the Inti Raymi parade and festival held in Cuzco during their winter solstice. Series 6, Tarahumara (Rarámuri), 1971, 1977-1979 contains photographs from three trips to Chihuahua, Mexico to photograph the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) people for an Arizona State Museum exhibition held in 1979. Also included are photographs from the exhibition opening in Arizona. Series 7, Tohono O'odham, 1969-1995, 2002 contains photographs of the saguaro cactus harvest in addition to other special events among the Tohono O'odham people. Teiwes documented Juanita Ahill, and later her niece Stella Tucker, throughout the process of harvesting and processing the saguaro cactus plant to make jam and ceremonial wine. Additional events photographed in this series include the San Xavier Elders parade and Tumacacori festival.

The photographs in this collection range all media types: 6x6cm color/black and white negatives; 35mm color/black and white negatives; 35mm and 6x6cm color slides; 6x6cm transparencies; contact sheets; and 3x5, 4x6, 8x10 and larger color/black and white photographic prints, some matted for sale or exhibition purposes. Teiwes did include handwritten notations on the backs of some photographs and slide mounts. There is also a small amount of paper documentation.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into seven series by culture group or location. Series 1: Akimel O'odham (Pima), Series 2: Apache, Series 3: Diné (Navajo), Series 4: Hopi, Series 5: Peru, Series 6: Tarahumara (Rarámuri), Series 7: Tohono O'odham.
Biographical / Historical:
Helga Kulbe Teiwes was born in Büderich, near Düsseldorf, in Germany in 1930. In 1950 Teiwes began a trade apprenticeship in photography under Master photographer Erna Hehmke-Winterer, a specialist in black and white portraiture, architectural and industrial photography. In 1957 Teiwes earned her master's degree in photography and worked as an industrial photographer in Düsseldorf until she emigrated to New York in 1960. During her four years in New York City, Teiwes worked as a darkroom worker, an assistant photographer for Cartier Jewelers and as a transparency retoucher. She also continued to build her portfolio through free-lance work. In 1964, a trip to Mesa Verde inspired Teiwes to seek work in the Southwest. The same year she was hired by Dr. Emil Haury of the University of Arizona to photograph his excavation of Snaketown on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Following Snaketown, Teiwes was hired as a museum photographer for the Arizona State Museum (ASM) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She was also sought after for other archaeological projects during the 1960s and 1970s to take publication and studio shots. During this time, Teiwes developed a deep interest in the people and cultures of the Southwest and spent a significant amount of time on reservations building personal relationships among the Hopi, Apache, Tohono O'dham and Diné (Navajo) among others. Teiwes took a particular interest in documenting Native artists and the work they produced, including basket weavers, potters, jewelers and carvers. Teiwes also worked to capture everyday life among the Native people of the Southwest in addition to documenting special events like the Apache coming of age ceremony and the Tohono O'odham Saguaro Cactus harvest. Teiwes retired from the Arizona State Museum in 1993 but continued to work as a freelance photographer and writer in Tuscon.

Throughout her career Teiwes's photographs and essays were published nationally and internationally. Her photographic study Navajo was published by the Swiss publisher U. Bar Varlag in 1991 and published in English in 1993. Her books Kachina Dolls: The Art of the Hopi Carvers and Hopi Basket Weaving: Artistry in Natural Fibers were published by the University of Arizona Press in 1991 and 1996. From October 2003 to June 2004, the Arizona State Museum held an exhibition titled "With an Eye on Culture: The Photography of Helga Teiwes" highlighting the broad scope of her career.

In 2013, Teiwes donated her collection of personal photographs, not taken for the Arizona State Museum, to the National Museum of the American Indian, Archive Center. Teiwes's photographs taken for the Arizona State Museum are housed in the ASM's photographic archives.
Related Materials:
There is a large collection of photographs at the Arizona State Museum where Teiwes worked from 1964-1993. These photographs include harvesting of mesquite, cholla, and saguaro; traditional farming of corn at Hopi and of tepary beans among the Tohono O'odham; and craftspeople and their art in basketry, katsina carving, pottery, and weaving.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Helga Teiwes in 2013.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Please contact the NMAI Archive Center (NMAIArchives@si.edu) regarding the use of this collection, donor restrictions apply.
Topic:
Navajo Indians -- Agriculture  Search this
Navajo artists -- Photographs  Search this
Changing Woman Ceremony (Apache rite)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Arizona -- Photographs  Search this
Basket making -- Hopi  Search this
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Photographs  Search this
Saguaro -- Arizona  Search this
Basket making -- Pima  Search this
Navajo Indians -- Social life and customs  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest -- Photographs  Search this
Hopi women -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives (photographic)
Photographic prints
Slides (photographs)
Photographs
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Helga Teiwes Photograph Collection, Box and Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.070
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Helga Teiwes photograph collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-070
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Revolution & ritual : the photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero

Title:
Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero
Author:
Castrejón Reza, Sara 1888-1962 Works Selections  Search this
Iturbide, Graciela 1942- Works Selections  Search this
Parcero, Tatiana Works Selections  Search this
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Project)  Search this
Organizer:
MacNaughton, Mary Davis  Search this
Contributor:
Dahó, Marta  Search this
Gabara, Esther 1972-  Search this
Mraz, John  Search this
Issuing body:
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery  Search this
Getty Publications  Search this
Sponsoring body:
Getty Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Castrejón Reza, Sara 1888-1962  Search this
Iturbide, Graciela 1942-  Search this
Parcero, Tatiana  Search this
Physical description:
176 pages : illustrations (some color), photographs ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Photography--History  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1097011

Katherine Joseph : photographing an era of social significance / Suzanne Hertzberg

Author:
Hertzberg, Suzanne  Search this
Joseph, Katherine  Search this
Subject:
Joseph, Katherine  Search this
Physical description:
149 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 x 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Pictorial works
History
Place:
United States
Mexico
Date:
2016
©2016
20th century
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Documentary photography--History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1095070

Tina Modotti : between art and revolution / Letizia Argenteri

Author:
Argenteri, Letizia  Search this
Subject:
Modotti, Tina 1896-1942  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Mexico
Italy
Date:
2003
©2003
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Call number:
TR647.M688 A69 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088373

Lola Alvarez Bravo / Elizabeth Ferrer

Author:
Alvarez Bravo, Lola  Search this
Ferrer, Elizabeth  Search this
Subject:
Alvarez Bravo, Lola  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_818771

Tina Modotti, fotógrafa y revolucionaria / Margaret Hooks ; [traducción, Susana de los Ángeles Moreno, Margarita Gonzaléz]

Author:
Hooks, Margaret  Search this
Subject:
Modotti, Tina 1896-1942  Search this
Physical description:
x, 277 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Mexico
Italy
Date:
1998
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Call number:
TR140.M58 H6618 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_621022

Compañeras de México : women photograph women

Author:
Conger, Amy 1942-  Search this
Poniatowska, Elena  Search this
University of California, Riverside Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1990
Topic:
Photography of women  Search this
Women photographers--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
TR681.W6 C66 1990
TR681.W6C73 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652823

Tina Modotti's vision : photographic modernism in Mexico, 1923-1930 / by Sarah M. Lowe

Author:
Lowe, Sarah M  Search this
Subject:
Modotti, Tina 1896-1942  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 287 leaves : ill
Type:
Biography
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1996
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Call number:
TR647.M688 L9t 1996a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_510767

Shadows, fire, snow : the life of Tina Modotti / by Patricia Albers

Author:
Albers, Patricia  Search this
Subject:
Modotti, Tina 1896-1942  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 382 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Italy
Mexico
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Photographers--Biography  Search this
Women communists--Biography  Search this
Communists--Biography  Search this
Call number:
TR647.M688 A43 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_591219

Tina Modotti : a life / Pino Cacucci ; translated from the Italian by Patricia J. Duncan

Author:
Cacucci, Pino 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Modotti, Tina 1896-1942  Search this
Physical description:
225 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Italy
Mexico
Date:
1999
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Photographers--Biography  Search this
Women communists--Biography  Search this
Communists--Biography  Search this
Call number:
TR647.M688 C33 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_591221

Galería Arvil en su XXV aniversario presenta, México de las mujeres : fotografías de Lola Alvarez Bravo ... [et al. / texto, Erika Billeter.]

Title:
México de las mujeres
Author:
Billeter, Erika 1927-  Search this
Galería Arvil (Mexico City, Mexico)  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1994
[1994]
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography  Search this
Women photographers--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
TR646.M6 G65 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_494868

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