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Michael Wood, 6 January 1994

Tina Modotti: A Fragile Life 
by Mildred Constantine.
Bloomsbury, 199 pp., £16.99, September 1993, 0 7475 1622 7
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Tina Modotti: Photographer and Revolutionary 
by Margaret Hooks.
Pandora, 277 pp., £25, September 1993, 9780044408796
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... programmed happiness, maybe she couldn’t photograph happiness at all. A German critic, quoted in Mildred Constantine’s book, said that Modotti’s Mexican photographs show that ‘the sad eyes of a poor child might he more beautiful than those of a ballet-queen; that industrial landscapes, the means of production ... are more beautiful than the green ...

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