EPMA Hosting Author, Illustrator of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

The El Paso Museum of Art will be hosting author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña as they discuss their work on Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide from Getty Publications.

The book is “an evocative and poetic graphic biography about renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and her adventures around the world.”

Quintero and Peña will talk about collaborating, making comics and the process of bringing Graciela’s story to the page. Quintero will be reading and Peña will showcase original drawings from the process of creating Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. There will be refreshments and a book signing after the presentation.


Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide follows photographer Graciela Iturbide from her birth in 1942 in Mexico City, to a tragedy endured as a young mother, to her travels as a successful artist to Juchitán, Los Angeles, Frida Kahlo’s home, and many more locations. Graciela’s story excites young readers and budding photographers, inspiring them by her resolve, ability, and curiosity.

Photographic has received much acclaim and a starred review in the School Library Journal.

Isabel Quintero lives and writes in the Inland Empire of Southern California, where she was born and raised. She received her BA in English and MA in English composition from California State University, San Bernardino.

Her first novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, was one of School Library Journal’s and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014, and won the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award prize for a debut young-adult novel. In 2017 her second book, Ugly Cat & Pablo was published by Scholastic.

Zeke Peña is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a painter. He was born in southern New Mexico and grew up on the US–Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. He received a degree in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Peña ‘s illustrations have appeared on album and book covers, in editorials and comics, and as graphics for community organizing.

He has published work with Getty Publications, VICE.com, The Believer Magazine, The Nib, Cinco Puntos Press and a forthcoming children’s book written by Isabel Quintero published by Kokila, a Penguin Books imprint.

EVENT INFO  Thursday April 5, 2018 – 6pm – 7:30pm @ El Paso Museum of Art

Publication Information: Photographic – The Life of Graciela Iturbide  |  Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

  1. Paul Getty Museum

96 pages, 7 x 9 inches
24 duotone and 96 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-94744-000-5, hardcover
US $19.95, UK £15.00

US Publication Date:  March 6, 2018

UK Publication Date:  March 8, 2018