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Tina Modotti

Italian Photographer + Model and Actor
Born Aug 16, 1896

Tina Modotti was an Italian photographer, model, actress, and revolutionary political activist.

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1896 Birth Born in 1896.


1913 17 Years Old Modotti was born Assunta Adelaide Luigia Modotti Mondini in Udine, Friuli, Italy. In 1913, at the age of 16, she emigrated to the United States to join her father in San Francisco, California. … Read More


1918 22 Years Old In 1918, she entered into a relationship with Roubaix "Robo" de l'Abrie Richey. … Read More
1920 24 Years Old Often playing the femme fatale, Modotti's movie career culminated in the 1920 film The Tiger's Coat. … Read More
1921 25 Years Old By 1921, Modotti was Weston's favorite model and, by October of that year, his lover. … Read More
While she was on her way to be with Robo, Modotti received word of his death from smallpox on February 9, 1922. … Read More
1923 27 Years Old On July 29, 1923, Modotti set sail for Mexico City with Weston and his son Chandler, leaving behind Weston's wife Flora and remaining three children. … Read More


1927 31 Years Old Starting in 1927, a much more politically active Modotti (she joined the Mexican Communist Party that year) found her focus shifting and more of her work becoming politically motivated. … Read More
1929 33 Years Old During this same period, economic and political contradictions within Mexico and indeed much of Central and South America were intensifying and this included increased repression of political dissidents. On January 10, 1929, Modotti's comrade and companion Julio Antonio Mella was assassinated, ostensibly by agents of the Cuban government. … Read More
1930 34 Years Old As a result of the anti-communist campaign by the Mexican government, Modotti was expelled from Mexico in February 1930, and placed under guard on a ship bound for Rotterdam. … Read More
1931 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In response to the deteriorating political situation in Germany and her own exhausted resources, however, she followed the advice of Vittorio Vidali and moved to Moscow in 1931.


1936 40 Years Old During the next few years she engaged in various missions on behalf of the International Workers' Relief organizations and the Comintern in Europe. When the Spanish Civil War erupted in 1936, Vidali (then known as "Comandante Carlos") and Modotti (using the pseudonym "Maria") left Moscow for Spain, where they stayed and worked until 1939.
1937 41 Years Old She worked with Canadian Dr. Norman Bethune during the disastrous retreat from Málaga in 1937.
1939 43 Years Old In April 1939, following the collapse of the Republican movement in Spain, Modotti left Spain with Vidali and returned to Mexico under a pseudonym.
1942 46 Years Old In 1942, during a visit by her close friend, Swiss architect Hannes Meyer, Modotti died from heart failure in Mexico City under what is viewed by some as suspicious circumstances. … Read More
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