Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City. In 1969, at the age of 27, she enrolled at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to become a film director. She was, however, soon drawn to the art of still photography. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at museums in Mexico, the United States, and Europe and books of her work have been published internationally. Iturbide is the recipient of numerous prizes including W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation Award; the grand prize for the Mois de la Photographie in Paris; the Hugo Erfurth Award in Leverkusen, Germany; the International Grand Prize in Hokkaido, Japan; the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Award from the City of Arles, France; the Guggenheim Fellowship; the Hasselblad Award; and the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in Mexico City. In 2014 the National Council of the Arts in Mexico organized a National Homage for her achievements in photography, which was accompanied by an Academic degree at the Art Academia of the Arts.