- Isobel Whitelegg
(b Mexico City, 21 March, 1957).
Mexican photographer, also active in Switzerland. She studied visual arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1975–8), where she was taught by Kati Horner, whose expressive photography Garduño cited as a formative influence. After graduation she worked in Horner’s studio (1978–9) before being appointed as darkroom assistant (1979–80) to one of the country’s most celebrated photographers, Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Printing portfolios using silver, platinum and palladium processes, this experience lent her particular expertise in the technical aspects of the medium.
In 1981 she travelled throughout Mexico with a team of photographers led by Marianna Yampolsky (1925–2002), another important figure in modern Mexican photography noted for her images of the country’s indigenous population and rural architecture. The two-year expedition was sponsored by the Instituto Nacional Indigenista and served to produce documentary images of everyday life in the country’s rural villages to be used in educational publications. In ...