UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum


Mariana Yampolsky
American, 1925-2002
Esquina Tohman, Guerrero, 20th century
Gelatin silver print, 9 x 9 inches
Museum Purchase,

Born in Chicago, Mariana Yampolsky went to Mexico in 1944 to learn printmaking at the socially progressive workshop of Taller de Gráfica Popular. She spent the rest of her life in Mexico and made it her mission to document the country through photography. Although photography became her primary medium, much of her black and white work retained the dramatic chiaroscuro of her earlier printmaking as seen in Esquina Tohman, Guerrero (esquina means corner and Guerrero is a state in southern Mexico). Like the stark environments she photographed, the images are uncluttered, communicating the essence of the people and places with a very reduced palette of elements.