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Historian Letizia Argenteri delves into an array of international historical documents and letters to follow the path of Modotti's life and career. Born in Italy, Modotti arrived in California as a teenager, becoming first a seamstress, then an actress. She took up photography after meeting Weston, moved to Mexico City, joined the Mexican Communist Party, and began taking social documentary photographs. She was deported in 1930 following the assassination of her lover, Julio Antonio Mella, exiled leader of the Cuban Communist Party, and after being accused of murdering the Mexican president, Pascual Ortiz Rubio. Modotti spent the rest of the decade working as a member of the Soviet communist party, between Moscow and Europe. After the Spanish Civil War, during which she was an organizer with Red Aid, she returned to Mexico illegally with her new companion, Spanish war hero Vittorio Vidali. She died there suddenly at the age of forty-six. Argenteri tells Modotti's dramatic story in full detail, casting light on the mysteries of her life and carefully placing her in the political and social milieu of her time.
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