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. Her mother, Assunta, was a seamstress and her father, Giuseppe, was a mason. In 1913, at the age of 16, she immigrated to the United States to join her father in San Francisco, California. … Read More


1917 - 1918 2 More Events
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 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 In 1923, Modotti set sail for Mexico City with Weston and his son Chandler, leaving behind Weston's wife Flora and their youngest three children. … Read More
1924 28 Years Old Between 1924-1928, Modotti took hundreds of photographs of Rivera's murals at the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico City. … Read More
1925 29 Years Old In 1925, Modotti also joined International Red Aid, a Communist organization. … Read More


1927 31 Years Old 1 More Event
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
1928 - 1929 2 More Events
1930 34 Years Old As a result of the anti-communist campaign by the Mexican government, Modotti was exiled from Mexico in 1930. … 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 Workers International Relief organizations as a Komintern agent 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 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, at the age of 45, Modotti died from heart failure while on her way home in a taxi from a dinner at Pablo Neruda's home in Mexico City, under what is viewed by some as suspicious circumstances. … Read More
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