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Book Review: Told and Untold

June 29, 2017

Told and Untold: The Photo Stories of Kati Horna in the Illustrated Press is about a photographer whose uncompromising images both reflected and helped shape the tumultuous times in which she lived. The 188 pages of photographs, essays, contact sheets and periodicals have all been painstakingly curated in concert with an exhibition at the Americas Society Gallery…

Time has a way of narrowing narratives, like desert sands swallowing all but the highest point of ancient structures. So it is for the artist, especially for a woman employing a collaborative process in a male-dominated field. Thus, reading the 188 pages of this book feels like an archaeological dig where each shard of pottery is as important as the pyramid itself. Seven authors, including Horna’s daughter, Ana María Norah Horna y Fernández, weigh in on her extraordinary life and work and bring context, critical analysis and intimacy to this trove of archival materials. Although Horna is often more closely associated with the surrealist movement, Told and Untold explores her politics, her love of architecture and, perhaps most intriguingly, her protofeminist work…

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