Tina Modotti "I put too much art in my life, consequently I have not much left to give to art." (Tina Modotti) Puro es tu dulce nombre, pura es tu frágil vida: de abeja, sombra, fuego, nieve silencio espuma,de acero, línea polense construyó tu férrea, tu delgada estructura... Extract from the poem Tina Modotti by Pablo Neruda, 1942
Tina Modotti, Hollywood, 1920-21. Tina Modotti began her career as an actress, transitioned to photography after becoming a model for Edward Weston, and later traveled Mexico with him, evolving into a major proponent of the Mexican mural movement of Diego Rivera and others. She then became a political activist with the Mexican Communist Party, and, after her expulsion from Mexico by the government, lived in Moscow and then Spain working with various communist and liberal organizations.